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in-patient clinic for games addicts

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by temi, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    What's claimed to be the first in-patient clinic for computer game addicts in Europe is to open next month, while the Priory clinic is warning about super-sized wine glasses. Are we addicted to more than we like to admit?

    "There were 15 year olds being brought to us who were showing the same behaviour as 50-year-old gambling addicts," says Keith Bakker, director of an addiction consultancy in Amsterdam, Holland.

    Except the compulsion of these youths - almost always boys - was playing computer games.

    "We knew about drugs like crack, but we couldn't find a programme anywhere for kids like this," he says. "And we saw enormous parallels between problems with gaming and alcohol and gambling."

    source: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5034756.stm

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