Studies show that 90 percent of children play video games in the United States, with 90 percent of those video games showing mature content that includes violence. Once thought to be only entertainment, a growing number of studies are showing that violent video games may set up kids for hostile and violent behaviors.
Counseling for Troubling Thoughts
At age 12, “Cory” enjoyed video games—some told fantasy stories and others showed graphic violence. Over a period of a year, Cory started having thoughts that concerned him. Four months ago, Cory confessed he felt hopeless and was having thoughts about stabbing his mother—and he asked his mother to get him help.
She set up an appointment with Catholic Charities counselors, who encouraged Cory to share his feelings and thoughts. Together, they identified social media, violent video games and distressing news stories as the predominate triggers for his violent thoughts.
After participating in 12 weeks of therapy, Cory was able to reshape his thinking.
“We accomplished this as the result of identifying positive elements within his current life that would negate the development of the type individual he was in fear of becoming,” said Ron Casaubon, Catholic Charities counselor. “We also curtailed the use of violent video games and substituted violent news reels for positive social media outlets.”
Things began to improve for Cory. He performed better in school with increased attention in class and higher grades. With Cory’s new positive outlook on life, he got along better with his parents and peers at school.
Cory’s parents once believed he had attention deficit disorder, but through counseling, they discovered he was suffering from anxiety. Cory learned valuable strategies to reduce his anxiety without medication—and he’s now more confident in his relationships.
If you struggle with hopelessness or anxiety, please consider speaking with a counselor at Catholic Charities. Our rates are offered on a sliding scale based on income. For more information, call 602-749-4405.