NHS opens clinic for online gaming addicts

In the UK, the NHS is opening the first specialist clinic to treat children and young adults aged between 13 to 25 years who are addicted to playing computer games. GPs and other health professionals in England can refer gaming addicts to the service, with treatment starting next month.Located in London alongside the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the clinic will be part of the National Centre for Behavioural Addictions in London and the patients referred to the clinic will either be attended in person or have an online consultation using Skype.

The World Health Organization last year recognised “gaming disorder” as a medical condition the same has been updated in the revised edition of the International Classification of Diseases, which tells doctors worldwide what conditions the WHO has accepted to be a disease.

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