'Games addict' rehab service opened in UK
18th Mar 2010 | 10:25
A London consultant psychiatrist has set up a new rehab service for youngsters addicted to the internet, mobile phones and, of course, videogames.
Richard Graham started the service to help "screenagers", as he calls them according to Metro newspaper, whose lives are apparently "impaired" by their addictions.
"Mental health services need to adapt quickly to the changing worlds young people inhabit and understand how seriously their lives can be impaired by unregulated time online, on-screen or in-game," said Graham, based at Capio Nightingale Hospital in London.
Addicted teens go mental when told to turn off their electronics, and police often called to settle feuds, reports the paper. The service, the first in UK to be dedicated to children as young as 12, was started in response to calls from worried parents.
Graham says other services are outdated, "borrowing from older models of addiction and substance misuse to very limited effect".
We wonder if he'll do treatments through PlayStation Home...