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Teens and Video Gaming Addiction

Millions of teens aren’t participating in youth programs and sports because they are compulsively playing video games. Video gaming disorder (and screen addiction, internet gaming addiction, etc.) has gained recognition by the World Health Organization, with the American Psychiatric Association calling for more studies. Some surveys report 1 in 10 teens is hooked on gaming, with some playing more than 10 hours a day online. This can result in sleep deprivation, tolerance, withdrawal (anxiety) when not gaming, lying about use, and experiencing the inability to cut back. Are you a concerned parent? Start with UR Medicine EAP and then learn more at

UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 9/15/2021

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