Gamer Theory talks about how pinball helped to put things in order.

The biggest thing pinball did for me was it gave me something I could control. When life was taking me in directions I didn’t want, pinball gave me something different. I could take a machine that was a total mess, completely inoperable, and with some poking and prodding, I could see that with a bit of effort and time I could have that machine fully working and a highly desirable game once more. With a little time, everything would be ok. Order could be restored from a total mess.

Source: Pinball Helped Me Face Depression