August 24, 2019

Are you addicted to video games? Read this.

Video game addiction is a phenomenon that has gained increasing attention over recent years.

Although gaming has been around for decades, the advent of titles that allow hundreds of people to play online at once or get lost in immersive virtual worlds has seen a rise in young people and parents seeking professional help.

Last year the World Health Organisation classified gaming disorder as a mental health condition for the first time and the NHS now has started offering treatment.

The first person to be diagnosed on the NHS in the UK was a 15-year-old boy who became so addicted he lost the confidence to leave home. Other children have become so fixated with popular games such as the battle-royale shooter Fortnite that they have reportedly wet themselves to keep playing.

Meanwhile, regulators around the world are now looking at whether paid-for randomised features in popular video games constitute gambling.

As video games and the features within them become increasingly popular and a regular part of gaming to an unassuming young audience (and their parents), the questions around what the long-term effects could be remain open.

Do you feel you have a video game addiction? Or are you a parent who is worried that your child plays video games too much? Have you ever sought professional help for yourself or a relative at a gaming addiction centre?

The Telegraph is looking to speak to people who have been affected, or know those who have been affected, by video games addiction. Fill in the form below to tell us your story.


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