England: first NHS gaming addiction clinic is announced

07 September 2018

A London hospital is to launch the first NHS funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults.


The centre, run by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, will focus on gaming disorders before expanding its services to cover other internet based addictions. It is expected to be funded by the NHS, research grants and donations. 

The news came after the WHO classified gaming disorder as a mental health condition (as previously reported), defined as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour so severe that it takes ‘precedence over other life interests’.

Symptoms include impaired control over gaming and continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

Centre founder Henriett a Bowden-Jones said staff were initially focusing on gaming because they were keen to protect young people from dropping out of school.


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