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The Pro’s & Con’s of Gaming on Tics

Gaming has become an increasingly popular form of entertainment, with millions of people around the world immersing themselves in virtual worlds and interactive experiences. However, for individuals with tics, the decision to engage in gaming can be a complex one. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of gaming on tics, providing a balanced perspective on this topic.

Pros of Gaming on Tics:

One potential benefit of gaming for individuals with tics is the ability to provide a distraction from tic-related urges or sensations. Engaging in a captivating game can redirect attention away from tics, allowing for increased focus and a temporary reduction in tic frequency.

Online gaming platforms offer opportunities for individuals with tics to connect with others who share similar interests. This can foster a sense of belonging and provide a supportive community where individuals can feel understood and accepted.

Certain games require strategic thinking, problem-solving, and quick reflexes. Engaging in these activities can help individuals with tics develop and enhance their cognitive abilities, hand-eye coordination, and decision-making skills.

Cons of Gaming on Tics:

Some games involve intense visual and auditory stimuli, which can potentially trigger or exacerbate tics in individuals who are sensitive to sensory input. It is crucial to be mindful of the impact of these stimuli and choose games that are less likely to trigger tic-related symptoms.

Gaming addiction is a real concern for some individuals, and it can negatively impact various aspects of life, including relationships, work or school performance, and overall well-being. It is essential to establish healthy boundaries and prioritize other important activities in life.

Conclusion: When considering the pros and cons of gaming on tics, it is crucial to approach the topic with a balanced perspective. While gaming can provide distraction, social interaction, and skill development, it is important to be mindful of potential negative impacts such as sedentary behavior, sensory stimulation, and addiction. Individuals with tics should assess their own needs, preferences, and limitations when deciding whether to engage in gaming and should seek professional guidance if necessary.

Remember, moderation and self-awareness are key. By finding a healthy balance and being mindful of individual needs, individuals with tics can enjoy the benefits of gaming while minimising potential drawbacks.

The most important aspect of this blog post is that we should be led by the individual when it comes to gaming and tics. Even if we observe as a parent or partner that tics increase when they game, it’s important that we don’t reduce screen time if this doesn’t bother them directly. By stopping someone from gaming based on our perception, we run the risk of causing more stress, and anxiety around their self confidence with living with tics.

An example of this is my younger ticcer, used to have a dramatic increase in vocal tics when gaming, he didn’t even notice this change in tic frequency until one day I recorded him (with his permission) to show him. He laughed and said ‘oh yeah’ but continued to game as he did previously.

How do tics change when you or your child games?

What rules and restrictions do you have in place?

Any top tips for tics and gaming? Drop them below.

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