The NHS opens the country's first specialized clinic for the treatment of children and young people accustomed to playing computer games such as Fortnite, Candy Crush and Call of Duty.
Staff will help those aged 13 to 25 whose exhaustion lives by spending countless hours playing games. As of Tuesday, GPs and other healthcare professionals in England can send addicts to the service, and treatment will start next month.
It was created because of concerns about the growing number of children and young people whose high use of computer games is a problem for them, especially mental health.
The clinic will be part of the National Center for Behavioral Addiction in London. Patients who contacted him or her will be able to visit or consult online via Skype.
“Health needs are constantly changing, so the NHS should never stand still. This new service is an answer to an emerging issue, part of the increasing pressure that children and young people are undergoing today, "said Simon Stevens, Executive Director of NHS England.
The service will be placed in central and north-west London with a mental health trust
Clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, therapists and psychiatrists specializing in the treatment of children and young people will work with patients to help overcome their problems. tenderness
Last year, the World Health Organization first recognized "gaming disorder" as a medical condition and included it in the latest revised edition of the International Classification of Diseases, which tells doctors around the world what conditions WHO has accepted for the disease
"Gaming disorder is a state of mental health that can have a tremendous debilitating effect on people's lives, both for patients and their families, who can remain completely helpless after the addiction of a loved one," she said. Dr. Henrietta ouden-Jones, director of the new center and NHS online gambling disorders and the Royal College of Psychiatrists' spokesman on behavior.
"Gaming disorder is not a mental illness that should be taken lightly. We are talking about cases where one can spend up to 12 hours a day playing computer games and eventually become socially isolated and lose their jobs as a result. ”
Countries around the world are trying to cope with the explosion in games and Internet addiction. For example, South Korea has banned children under 16 from playing online games between midnight and 6am. In China, the technology firm Tencent has limited the number of hours children can spend playing their most popular games.
Fiona Smith, a professional child and youth professional at the Royal College of Nursing, said: "As technology becomes more accessible and more advanced, it's no wonder that more and more young people are adversely affected by excessive screen time by the time how it affects their daily lives.
"The harm of any addiction goes beyond a child or young person, causing
She supported Stevens' call to gambling and online firms to pay a fee to help fund mental health treatment" NHS pits for those who becomes dependent on the use of their products.
"As long as the NHS has a duty of care and adapts to these current challenges, it and the taxpayers cannot adopt the bill on their own. Online gaming and global media firms that receive millions of pounds in profits must bear more responsibility by maintaining their platforms and introducing safeguards to reduce the burden on the health service. "