Video Games May Cause Seizures

10 years ago

This is a post I never thought I'd write. Sort of like the one where my teen daughter no longer had health insurance or the one where my son had a needle stick and there was the tiniest fear of Hepatitis and HIV. I'm the woman who takes just about every study with a grain of salt. I'm the woman who says "There's risk in waking up everyday and you can't live your life in fear of every little thing."

But here I am, telling you that video game seizures do happen in otherwise healthy 20 something year old men. Which means they could happen to anyone. I know this because my daughter's boyfriend was playing an arcade game at the mall last week, while they were on vacation in Mississippi, and he had a seizure.

This is a young man with no history of health problems. He doesn't get headaches and he doesn't have any sort of allergies. There's not even a family history of any health condition that could make him prone to seizures. He's been playing arcade games and video games all of his life. He's played them here, at my house. He loves our Wii! But it happened to him, while playing Soul Calibur.

The question for Brody is, what was it about that game that triggered the seizure and will it happen again? Will watching TV trigger a seizure? What about surfing the web? Photosensitive epilepsy can occur from watching TV and video games and from really wicked web design.

I've been watching the blogosphere for posts about video games and epilepsy and there's not much out there. So that means seizures are rare, right? Do you worry about this at all, for your kids - or for yourself? If you were Brody, would you cut video games cold turkey or would you be right back in the arcade? If your child has a video game induced seizure, would you ban all video games from her life?

~~Denise
Flamingo House Happenings

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