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Treatment for Gaming-Addicted Children

Last year, the World Health Organization updated its guidelines to include “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition. A growing body of research shows how video games play a complex role in brain health, providing both positive and negative brain effects. While potentially leading to improvements in areas of attention, cognitive control, visuospatial skills and more, the downside of video games may be their effects on reward-processing areas of the brain — effects which can lead to impulse control issues and addiction.  In the U.K., the NHS is opening the first specialist clinic to treat children and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25, who are addicted to gaming. As part of the National Centre for Behavioral Addictions in London, patients who are referred will be able to participate in person or through Skype consultations.  Read more.....

 

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