Ciaran O'Connor looks at how gaming and addiction have come
together so rapidly in recent years. Mobile based gaming and
free-to-play games have revolutionised the gaming world - but what
are the implications of this? And how does it affect current
thinking on addiction? Control the Controller addresses gamers,
their families, mental health professionals and game developers in
this thorough and fascinating discussion of the nature of video
game addiction. Many questions are answered including how we can
recognise a gaming addiction, what causes it, and what we can do to
return an addict to healthy behaviour. A step by step process for
this is outlined by the author, making this an invaluable title for
all affected by video game addiction and all those who encounter
it. The disease model, the addictive personality and the
indications from neuroscience are all considered before looking at
gaming addiction as an escape from distress - the book's chosen
stance on addiction. This is then expanded upon by looking at how
pressures, both internal and external, can encourage a flight into
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