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Shocking Results From New Video Game Study

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Dr. Eric Lewkowiez, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Georgia Regents University says, "We got kids out there saying yay this is proof that these video games are really good for me. I think you need to think twice about that. I don't think that's what it's saying at all."

It only takes a few seconds to load the disc into your gaming system and within minutes the violence is plastered on the television screen.

Violent video games are selling in record numbers and a recent study by the University of Texas at Arlington shows that means a slight decrease in violent crime.

But in a study done by Georgia Regents University Dr. Lewkoweiz says playing too much can be dangerous.

Dr. Eric Lewkowiez, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Georgia Regents University says, "There's an increase a risk of suicidal thinking….Another thing that we know is if you're playing video games that takes away from your school work, your grades are going to suffer."

Dr. Leukoweiz says the most vulnerable kids are 13 and younger and the issues are severe.

Dr. Eric Lewkowiez, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Georgia Regents University says, "I see kids who have nightmares and are afraid to sleep without the lights on because of these games. I know some children who even been having nightmares from listening to the music from these games. You really need to think twice. They have these ratings for a reason."

Video games are more violent than ever. The guns look real and even the sounds have come a long way.

So what should parents do if your child is playing too much?

Dr. Eric Lewkowiez, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Georgia Regents University says, "If the grades are bad you take away the video games for a while and miraculously the grades come back up."

Dr. Lewkoweiz says moderation is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Eric Lewkowiez, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Georgia Regents University says, "In short doses video games are not harmful and I firmly believe that, but we need to get out and exercise and do more healthy acts."

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