Confessions of a once developmentally-impaired child: How gaming addiction ruined my life


#1

Here is a confession of mine, in an attempt to persuade people from being too addicted to video games.

I used to be a former pupil from a certain university, and was one of the oldest to have graduated there due to my mental deficits. I will not mention what that institute is, but I will just term it as P.

I was born in the 1980s, and was second to a houshold of four. My father was a professor in the computer sciences, while my mother was a housewife, who, by her own account, displayed developmental issues when she was younger. And so, because my mother was liberated from other more cogent tasks, I was homeschooled and had my education arranged and taken care of by my mother. This occurred all the way till I was about ten years old.

I was mentally delayed compared to most people. I learned to speak in coherent sentences only at the age of 4, and was reading and doing simple math at the age of 8. By the age of 12, I was already trained in grammar and was moderately well-read thanks to my mother’s devotion, and therefore by ten, I took the SATs and scored a terribly low 850/1600 which fortunately landed me into P, alongside two merits in two A level subjects (in my country, it is customary to take the UK educational route) under a private candidature.

When I entered P, I became an education major. However, despite doing very well in the first year, I had a new interest: that was video gaming. Back in the days, my parents had a very strict curfew of restricting video gaming sessions from me entirely as it would impact my studies, however, as I entered the dorms to live all by myself, thanks to my scholarship funds, I was able to afford a single bedroom dormitory, where I bought myself a computer which was originally meant to facilitate my studies.

This was when I had my first actual liberty of being able to purchase whatever I had wanted, and so one of my first games was Red Alert. During which, I became hooked, and gradually played up to ten hours a day. It reached a point of time, when for the entire semester, I would be playing games without end due to the freedom being proffered, until my grades tumbled and I was barely able to graduate at 25, but with grades so terrible that I was not able to get recommendation letters for furthering my education at the graduate level in the domains that I originally wanted to pursue.

After that, I spent entire year resting from my studies, which was partially made possible thanks to a generous allowance that my parents had given me to live by myself for a year or two. Not having felt rested enough, I just bought close to 80 different video games, and was playing them for 9 to 10 hours per day without much end. I shall not go into the details, but when I finally recovered, and felt ready for a degree in art, of which I enrolled in another institute, which I will name L, I was not able to recover sufficiently to attend to classes due to the severe addiction.

After a semester of getting moderate grades, my parents felt that it was important for me to wean off video gaming, and so, I was referred to a specialist who conducted an assessment to see the degree of the damage. Cognitively, I scored very poor on all intellectual assessments given, especially, when it came to memory assessment, it was found that I had impaired attentional and learning difficulties, which was partially attributed to the excessive video gaming which I had been through. We knew this was the case because I was given a similar test many years earlier in the pre-gaming addiction phase, which I did rather well.

Eventually, I took two semesters of break off from my studies, and recuperated from gaming, until I was finally able to continue my studies at 26, with my memory and attention sufficiently recovered. Thanks to the supportive system provided by my friend and parents, I was able to wean off video gaming, and now I restrict gaming to at most three hours per day. The treatment they had was a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy which involved arranged activities such as horse-riding and training exercises to improve eye-hand coordination, plus some meditative and relaxation practices. The addiction was severe to the point that I developed a nascent form of ADHD and had to be on medication for a while.

The point being, video game addiction delayed my academic development by around a year or two (I did estimate 36 months), and it might have been worse if I was not diagnosed with addiction earlier on. It also ruined my prospectus of a career as a teacher, which I had originally wanted, and was forced to change my major to art, and subsequently, to another field (which may make the delay caused by addiction to around 4 years or so?). The other point being: it really helps if one moderates the number of hours that one plays each day, or one may end up in a worse predicament as I did.


Does anyone know how to cure long-term mental fatigue from mental strain?
#3

So, video games made a 13 year old about 2 years late of graduating about 8 years early?
Honestly, it sounds to me that you left home before you were ready. Goes to show that you can learn particle physics without learning moderation and personal responsibility.

Anyway, off to play games instead of writing my paper.


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#5

Stopped reading.


#6

Not really the forum where I’d post a confession like this, but true or not, thanks for sharing a good story.


#7

I really did.

I had an intelligence quotient roughly half of normal, but that isn’t the point of this thread.


#8

Well, at the end of the day all that counts is how you rank on the leaderboards.


#9

And since I’m attending college at this time, I am now thinking of giving up video games for good. I play about 2-3 hours a day, and yeah I know it’s not a lot to damage me but then I come to the forums and watch streams… sighs

I may probably just go back to working out to keep my mind as strong as possible. I’ve been procrastinating so hard but I’m still pulling up my grades together. Hmm… I hope this is a true story because I could relate slightly to this.


#10

Soooooo the point of this is…?


#11

Wow it still is an impressive career! That wouldnt even be possible in my country. I’m 27 and just got my bachelor’s so youre still way ahead of me.

i agree, self-discipline goes a long way when it comes to moderating your gaming time and avoiding procrastination of the stuff that matters.


#12

Stil I cant say that I totally buy your story. For example writing in a made up language loosely based on Latin implies that you were fluent in Latin at the age of what?


#13

What size cowboy hats do you wear? Doubt they have a size for that head of yours.
No offence, but the first few paragraphs were just you bragging about how smart you are. Kind of rubbed it in our faces to be honest. No offence once again.


#14

(つo_o༽)つ Hail Galactoid… I am happy to hear your amazing story, I’m currently at a stage where if I can’t get my game on, I get really distracted from work and upset that I haven’t had a chance to play a game… I currently have over 180 games on steam… most played, others played but not finished… I love my gaming, can’t keep away from it…


#15

You should’ve kept going. Look:

“At ages of two to four, I wrote around a dozen very elementary books, one of which was a new language that I have invented, based on the grammar of Latin”

lol

10/10 OP, that was awesome.


#16

lol what, I never claimed that I was a child prodigy, what’s up with the replies!

“At ages of two to four, I wrote around a dozen very elementary books, one of which was a new language that I have invented, based on the grammar of Latin”

No, I didn’t write that … it was something like this:

I was mentally delayed compared to most people. I learned to speak in coherent sentences only at the age of 4, and was reading and doing simple math at the age of 8. By the age of 12, I was already trained in grammar and was moderately well-read thanks to my mother’s devotion, and therefore by ten, I took the SATs and scored a terribly low 850/1600 which fortunately landed me into P, alongside two merits in two A level subjects (in my country, it is customary to take the UK educational route) under a private candidature.


#17

What’s the use of this thread, since it’s been heavily edited into the exact opposite? What’s the OP trying to achieve with that? Not blaming anybody, just asking.


#18

An elaborate troll, but unfortunately I don’t think he got the replies he wanted that would’ve been hilarious out of context due to the edit he made to the post. I’m also not sure OP is aware that everybody can see the post’s edit history.


#19

Pretty crazy to take the time to write all that weird stuff.


#20

Nope, I’m not aware, lol


#21

The troll is strong with this one