Study by Texas A&M International University associate professor Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson: Young adults—male and female—who play violent video games long-term handle stress better than non-playing adults and become less depressed and less hostile following a stressful task. Ferguson cautioned that these results were correlational, however, and more research is needed. However, he suggested that video games could increasingly be used in therapy with young adults and teens. Violent games may help people work through their frustrations with real life and calm down without increasing aggressive behaviors in real life. (Violent Video Games Help Relieve Stress, Depression. European Psychologist 2010, Volume 15.)

There is evidence that, following a traumatic experience or period of serious stress, the male brain doesn’t return to stability and learning readiness as quickly as does the female brain. (Gurian, Michael, PhD, and Patricia Henley, with Terry Trueman. Boys and Girls Learn Differently! p 80-82. CA:Jossey-Bass, 2001.)

The level of cortisol in the body tends to diminish in the presence of positive emotions and achievement – appropriate play provides both, while TV and video games provide little of either. (Hartmann, Thom. The Edison Gene. p 129-130. VT:Park Street Press, 2003.)

Refer to Stress and the Brain for additional information.