Psychiatrist Addresses Subject of Video Games, Addiction

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How much is too much? Are video games addictive? And at what point should a parent be con-cerned? Psychiatrist and gamer Kourosh Dini, MD, helps parents find out the answers to these questions and more in his new book, "Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents."

Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents

To be sure, there are those who play problematically. Learning how to tell the difference can be critical toward promoting healthy development.

Kourosh Dini, MD, published by iUniverse, Inc., announces the arrival of "Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents." As parents continue to watch their kids play more and more and as law makers attempt to regulate games, finally a book comes with answers to questions of play and addiction. In it, he assesses the role and value of video games in a child's life and whether or not they are harmful or educational.

"Games have a lot of benefit, and some of the good is lost in the fight against games," says Dr. Dini. "To be sure, there are those who play problematically. Learning how to tell the difference can be critical toward promoting healthy development."

As a child psychiatrist and gamer, Dr. Dini offers a unique point of view that has been missing from the debate on video gaming. He has attended medical school and adult psychiatric residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, pursued Child and Adolescent Fellowship training at the University of Chicago and continues therapeutic training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago.

The book functions as a comprehensive guide for the concerned parent, discusses the beneficial and the detrimental interactions with games and how to tell the difference for the individual player, offers an excellent unbiased resource to understand the fit between game and player, comments on what gaming can mean for society, and is written by an authority on the issue as both psychiatrist and gamer.

"Many gamers will freely admit that they spend too much time playing games," notes Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Digital Media Freedom. "The question is, have they crossed the line into addiction, and what can be done about it? Dr. Dini's book provides some good answers and approaches to the problem."

Now with the release of Dr. Dini's book, "Video Game Play and Addiction," parents have the ability to tell the difference between healthy play and problematic play.

Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents: ISBN: 0-595-45470-4, Published April 2008, $15.95, iUniverse, available online at http://www.videogameplayandaddiction.com/ or call 1-800-AUTHORS. Preview a sample here.

About the author:
Kourosh Dini, MD, attended medical school and adult psychiatric residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, pursued Child and Adolescent Fellowship training at the University of Chicago and continues therapeutic training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago. Having explored games such as World of Warcraft, Half-Life, Grand Theft Auto 3, among many others, Dini intimately examines computer and video game play from the perspective of a practicing psychiatrist, from the unique first-person player perspective, and from the third-person observer of the gaming interaction.

About iUniverse:
iUniverse offers a variety of publishing services to help individuals publish, market, and sell fic-tion, poetry and nonfiction books. The company utilizes print-on-demand technology, and is one of the largest self-publishing companies in the United States, publishing more than 5,000 new titles each year. The iUniverse management team has extensive editorial and managerial experience with traditional publishers such as HarperCollins, Putnam, Simon & Schuster and Holtzbrinck. iUniverse partners with industry leading author organizations, including the Authors Guild, the Harlem Writers Guild, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) to bring innovative programs to their members. iUniverse has strategic alliances with Barnes & Noble, Inc. in the U.S. and Chapters Indigo in Canada and has offices in New York City, Shanghai and Lincoln, Neb. For more information, please visit http://www.iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS.

Media Contact:
Kourosh Dini, MD
The Dini Group, Ltd.
Fax: 312-276-8977
email: dinigroup @ kouroshdini.com

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