In most cases, playing video games is a simple way to relax and unwind. For some, however, the compulsive need to spend time in front of the game screen becomes troublesome enough to affect their ability to engage with the rest of their lives. Symptoms of an addiction to gaming can be difficult to recognize, and games these days are often designed to be addictive. As with all addictions, though, there are multiple forms of treatment available to help moderate the problem and create a healthier relationship with gaming.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.
In this groundbreaking book, recovering video game addict Kevin Roberts uses extensive scientific and social research, complemented by his and others' personal stories, to give compulsive gamers and surfers and their family and friends a step-by-step guide for recovery.