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Gaming "addiction" is getting an actual recovery centre in UK

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No my friend, you're not in the Twilight Zone - a UK hospital based in London is actually opening a first gaming and internet "addiction" centre for youths and adults, where they'll teach you to blame game developers for your misgivings.

The move comes as a result of the World Health Organization's decision to add "gaming disorder" to a list of mental health conditions. As a result the centre will first cure gamers, although it will expand to what they perceive as internet addictions.

The founder of the clinic, psychiatrist Henrietta Bowden-Jones, said that the "disorder" is finally coming in to spotlight, claiming that the "distress and harm it cause[s] is extreme". Bowden-Jones said that it is her moral duty to provide these people with the "treatment" they need, stressing that many will find it to be a "life-changer"

Apparently, the centre is terribly concerned about youths who drop out of school, which is perfectly understandable. I mean I don't know a single person who's not just adored school, what with it being so much better than beating Mr. Bison and gloating around like a boss.

The shrink likened the UK situation to that in Asia, who are no strangers to compulsive gaming behaviours, with perhaps the prime example being South Korea. You may or may not know that the country has a religiously devoted crowds of gamers, who unfortunately often take it a bit to far in terms of how much sleep deprivation can a metabolism take.

Unfortunately for the new NHS sponsored centre, the stats are not exactly on their side, because only four people have asked for gaming addiction assistance in 2016. This number did "soar" to 16 in 2017, so you can say that the number actually increased by 300 per cent. Don't you just love statistics.

I must admit, I tend to get very distressed when I lose Overwatch matches in a stupid manner, so I guess I should ask for assistance as soon as possible. On second thought, scratch that, I think Ragtagg may have done that already.