I'm a gaming addiction specialist dedicated to shining light on a problem that is highly misunderstood.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
Supervised by Dr. Mickey Wilson, LMFT
Video game addicts are usually kids between the ages of 13 to 25 (at least for now) that still live with their parents. The stage of adolescence has been expanded beyond the age of 18 and plays heavily into keeping the addict in this stage of semi-dependence. I address this with parenting techniques, and work with the family to assist the addict into developing and growing beyond the adolescent stage.
Internet use and over use are misunderstood. Behaviors of two people using the internet throughout the day may seem similar, but have different purposes. The first may be using it to promote health, wellness, and productivity for themselves or others, while the other is compelled to use it due to their negative emotions. The why is overlooked or mischaracterized, but I take a deep look into the purpose internet use plays in the person's life.
At the core of the heavy gamer is an underdeveloped emotion system. When you ask a heavy gamer how they feel, first, it will take them some time. Second, they will answer "I don't know" or "good/bad". For them to describe an emotion is like telling a non-musician to play a B Major chord on a guitar. It doesn't translate. A healthy self-esteem comes from an understanding of our internal mechanisms. This tells us our place is in the world, and is central for personal development.