History made as gaming addicts finally receive treatment in UK

History made as gaming addicts finally receive treatment in UK

8th October 2019 0 By Jordan Heal

For the first time in history, young people who suffer with gaming addiction can now receive specialist treatment from the NHS.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, defined it as a condition that should be taken seriously. The amendment triggered other nations and organisations to take the issue into consideration.

In particular, one Dutch clinic gained some notoriety for providing care to those who are burdened with the illness, though prior to now there have been no proper facilities or resources to help those in the UK.

The NHS is now ready to begin accepting referrals for youngsters between the ages of 13 to 25.

The service – which is part of the Centre for Internet and Gaming Disorders – means specialists will be able to hold consultations via Skype.

“Health needs are constantly changing which is why the NHS must never stand still,” explained NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens.

“This new service is a response to an emerging problem, part of the increasing pressures that children and young people are exposed to these days.

“However, the NHS should not be left to pick up the pieces. Gambling and internet firms have a responsibility to their users as well as their shareholders and should do their utmost to prevent rather than cash in on obsessive or harmful behaviour.”

Interested in reading more gaming addiction-related stories? Discover more about this Dutch clinic treating young people who suffer with the condition.