Young gamer addicts linked to depression

By Adele Horin

Young Gamers Linked to DepressionCHILDREN addicted to video games are more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and social phobias and may need professional help to recover, a visiting researcher says.

Once their gaming is back to normal levels, their psychological problems shift, and their mood and school work improve, says Douglas Gentile, a lead researcher on two major studies of video game addiction.

Dr Gentile, an associate professor in psychology at Iowa State University, will be guest speaker at the Corporate Takeover of Childhood conference in Melbourne next month.

His study of 1178 American children found nearly one in 10 gamers to be pathological players and his study of 3034 Singapore youngsters found a similar level of addiction, measured according to standards established for diagnosing gambling addiction.

Full story of gamer addicts and depression at The Age

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