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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Our response to the ICD 11 addition of gaming disorder

18 June  2018

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones from the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “Today’s recognition of gaming addiction as an illness will be an enormous relief to the parents of sufferers. Up until now, the lack of recognition of the disorder has meant treatment has not been properly in place. The NHS now has an opportunity to change this.

“While there are relatively low rates of gaming disorder in the UK, symptoms can be severe. Sufferers end up living in a virtual world that becomes their reality. Their lack of input into school, exams and activities ends up alienating them to the extent that they can’t tell the difference between immediate gratification (from computer games) and long-term reward.”

For further information, please contact:
Hannah Perlin
Senior Communications Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2738
Nick Hodgson
Media Manager 
Telephone: 0203 701 2593
Twitter: @rcpsych
Out-of-hours contact number: 07860 755896


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