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Read This: The Depressing Loneliness of a Video Game Addict

It was a world I could fully understand and control, in marked contrast to the chaos of being a teenager, with a home life ripe with conflicts I could neither escape nor resolve. In the case of my teenage self, and, I suspect, in the cases of many addicts, the world of the game was a private and unassailable refuge from a seemingly hostile world.
The Guardian's own Tom Meltzer reflects on his dangerous addiction to video games, and the need for psychiatrists and doctors to approach, consider and treat chronic gamers' symptoms like they would any other disease.

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