DEAR DEIDRE: I GOT arrested after an argument broke out at home over my stepson. My wife can’t see that he’s a gaming addict and needs help.
After graduating, he came to live with us. He’s 22 and he’s bright. He was doing a computer course but had zero friends.
He plays on his Xbox for 14 hours or more a day. I’ve offered him work at my car parts business but he doesn’t want to know.
When I ranted about him to my wife, she took his side, then went to hit me.
Thankfully she missed but I almost hit her back.
She called the police and thank goodness after hearing my side of the story, they released me without charge. I’m 45 and my wife is 46.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Talk calmly to your wife about how best to tackle this so you’re on the same page. Your wife will be as frustrated as you but there is no excuse for violence.
You would both benefit from counselling – Tavistock Relation-ships (tavistockrelationships.org) can help with this.
Your stepson can find support at The National Centre for Gaming Disorders (cnwl.nhs.uk/national-centre-gaming-disorders, 020 7381 7722).
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