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Tuesday, October 5, 2004; Page C10

Psychologists Hilarie Cash and Kim McDaniel are working on a handbook for parents about gaming addiction, currently titled "Reality Quest: What Parents Need to Know About Their Children's Gaming Habits." Here are some symptoms they say to look for in children:

• Unable to predict the amount of time spent on gaming.

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Addicted Gamers, Losing Their Way (The Washington Post, Oct 5, 2004)

• Failed attempts to control gaming behavior for an extended period of time.

• Having a sense of euphoria while playing.

• Craving more gaming.

• Neglecting family and friends.

• Feeling restless, irritable and discontent when not gaming.

• Lying to family or authority figures about gaming behavior.

• Problems with school or job performance as a result of time spent gaming.

• Feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety or depression as a result of time spent on gaming.

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