Children as young as 13 are to start receiving NHS treatment for gaming and social media addiction as of next month. The specialist clinic will see youngsters get help to tackle problem behaviour, and will aim to help them stop being constantly glued to their screens.
The first child is expected to be referred to the new service within days, with therapy sessions beginning in November. The new clinic comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified gaming addictions as a medical disorder, with symptoms including lack of self-control and prioritising playing online games and using social media over eating, studying, friends and family.
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