Reúne grandes nomes mundiais e baseado em evidências científicas. Discute o impacto cultural e global desse tema, apresentando aos terapeutas as implicações clínicas, métodos de avaliação e abordagens de tratamento mais recentes no trabalho com clientes que sofrem desse transtorno de dependência cada vez mais disseminado.

“This book provides cutting-edge coverage by expanding the field to include specific problems such as online gaming, cybersex addiction, and gambling addiction. Its extensive attention to dealing with adolescents is essential, given the rapid rise in media and technology use by both Net Generation young adults and iGeneration teenagers. I am thrilled to have this invaluable, comprehensive, well-written resource for my own work and recommend it to people who need to understand this unique form of addiction.”

A cada dia passamos mais tempo conectados, seja via computador, celular ou outros dispositivos semelhantes. Qual o impacto desse comportamento em nossas vidas, em nossa saúde e nas relações sociais que estabelecemos?
Este livro reúne profissionais de diversos campos de atividades – educação, saúde física e mental, comunicação, direito, entre outros – que buscam responder a essa questão sob diferentes pontos de vista.

O uso da internet e jogos eletrônicos online, em desarmonia com as demais atividades humanas, independentemente do dispositivo tecnológico para acesso, pode se tornar vício e produzir efeitos nocivos em vários aspectos da vida dos usuários, potencializado quando os usuários são crianças e adolescentes, pessoas em fase especial de desenvolvimento biopsicossocial. Como as crianças e os adolescentes são sujeitos de direitos (no sentido subjetivo), com prioridade absoluta de proteção, sentiu-se a necessidade de prospectar e indicar necessárias intervenções sociais a estes protagonistas da vida real; e, para tanto, foram propostos conteúdos e metodologias para o planejamento de políticas de prevenção a esses riscos e danos, elaborados de forma interinstitucional e interdisciplinar.

Video games are now firmly embedded in the cultural identity of America s teenagers. It is now estimated that 90 percent of our youth are playing video games. They are using handheld devices or full-fledged, Internet-based, multiplayer games. Most are nonchalant about them, enjoying them as part of the many things they do for pleasurable entertainment, integrating them into their lives without harmful effect. Others, however, have grown so dependent on these games that they are abandoning their lives to pursue this activity, which they seem to prefer above all others. Video Games Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control is for parents who are worried that their children may be spending too much time playing video games. Based on research and the author s clinical experience, the book explains what gaming addiction is, how much gaming is too much, and the effects gaming has on the body and brain. The authors give gaming advice on each stage of life; birth-2 years, ages 2-6, elementary school years, adolescence, and adult children still living at home. Where there is a problem, the authors provide parents with tools that will help them successfully set limits for their children.

Recovering video game addict Kevin Roberts offers a step-by-step guide to recovery for those struggling with compulsive video gaming and Internet surfing.
Recovering video game addict Kevin Roberts offers a step-by-step guide to recovery for those struggling with compulsive video gaming and internet surfing. Video gaming and Internet surfing are the top sources of entertainment for tens of millions of North Americans today. As these technologies continue to grow and flourish, so does the number of people becoming obsessively absorbed in the imagination and fantasy that they present. More and more people are isolating themselves, turning their backs on reality, ignoring family and friends, and losing their sleep and even their jobs due to excessive use of video games and the Internet–and they continue to do so despite harmful consequences to their mental, physical, and spiritual health, a telltale sign of addiction.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. He outlines the ways that “cyber junkies” exhibit the classic signs of addiction and reveals how they can successfully recover by following a program similar to those used for other addictions. Readers learn to identify whether they have an addiction, find the right resources to get individualized help, and regain a rewarding life away from the screen by learning new thoughts and behaviors that free them from the cravings that rule their lives. Included is a guide for parents for working with their addicted children.

From addiction expert Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, a startling argument that technology has profoundly affected the brains of children―and not for the better.

We’ve all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends’ houses―and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces―the Glow Kids―are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids―a form of interactive educational tool.

Don’t believe it.

In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology―more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity―has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain’s pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can.

Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a “quiz” for parents in the back of the book.

Are you addicted to playing digital games?
Whether you want to (1) reclaim your life, (2) help a friend who is addicted to gaming, or (3) just understand the dangers of online gaming and how to minimize them, this book will teach you everything you need to know. Every addiction has its consequences.

There are negative consequences to a gaming addiction. This book will help you fully comprehend the problems and learn how to help yourself or others break out of the addiction. Free yourself or others from unproductive behavior so life can be healthy and enjoyable again. Get some perspective on your gaming addiction. Online gaming is fun, there’s no doubt about it! Gaming can help you explore your personality, enhance your creativity, and sharpen your problem-solving skills. However, if your virtual reality starts to damage your real-life interactions and health, then you have a problem. That is what this book is designed to address. I wrote “Gaming Addiction” for the purpose of guiding you through the process of evaluating your gaming activities to determine what is helping you and what aspects of your game of choice are actually messing up your life. I know, I know, gaming is your life! But is it a life that will lead to good things, or will it ultimately take you to a place you don’t want to go? There is a healthy balance that can be attained. Get the best out of both “worlds.”

Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device! You’re about to discover a proven strategy on how to overcome your internet addiction and take back your life. Millions of people suffer from internet addictions and throw away hours a day of productive time and turn it into patterns of constantly checking the updates on their social media accounts or other online communities. Most people realize how much of a problem this is, but are unable to change their situation, simply because it’s been a part of their mindset for so long. The truth is, if you are suffering from wasting time because of your internet addiction and haven’t been able to change, it’s because you are lacking an effective strategy and understanding of where these addictions come from and why they are there. This book goes into how the internet has changed our lives, signs that will tell you whether you are addicted or not, and a step-by-step strategy that will help you free yourself from internet dependency and help you take control of your life.

Are you addicted to your phone? Are you spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Is the internet causing you to feel depressed, lethargic, and unmotivated?

Do you spend hours every day playing online games? Do you live on social media, posting each idea and thought you have? Are you ignoring your friends and family to watch a YouTube video? Have you lost your job, girlfriend, spouse, children? Have you tried to control your screen time, but failed miserably? Sadly, Internet Addiction is a real problem for millions of people worldwide. As it is a new addiction, there is little help for those who spend 10+ hours a day online. As a former Internet addict, I wasted six years of my life to an online game. As a licensed therapist who specializes in treating Internet Addiction, I understand the thoughts, urges and desires the Internet supplies. To that end, I have created a 30-day plan to help you take control of your addiction and your life. In this book, you will learn more about who you are, what you gain from using the Internet, and how to balance your time online. Unlike drug and alcohol addiction, you cannot abstain from the Internet. You will learn practical skills to help you manage your time online and learn to use the Internet in a healthy way. If you feel you are being held back by your addiction and are tired of neglecting the real world, then it is time for a change. I challenge you to read this book and complete the daily activities. In the end, you will know more about who you are, and how to better manage your life. Your future begins today.

An eleven-year-old boy strangled an elderly woman for the equivalent of five dollars in 2007, then buried her body under a thin layer of sand. He told the police that he needed the money to play online videogames. Just a month later, an eight-year-old Norwegian boy saved his younger sister’s life by threatening an attacking moose and then feigning death when the moose attacked him–skills he said he learned while playing World of Warcraft.
As these two instances show, videogames affect the minds, bodies, and lives of millions of gamers, negatively and positively. This book approaches videogame addiction from a cross-disciplinary perspective, bridging the divide between liberal arts academics and clinical researchers. The topic of addiction is examined neutrally, using accepted research in neuroscience, media studies, and developmental psychology.