The NHS (National Health Service UK) has diagnosed for the first time a 15-year-old boy with Internet Gaming Addiction. The teenager from North London has been off school for a year after becoming addicted to gaming.
His mother, Miss Kendal Parmar, has battled for three years to have her son condition recognized and treated by the NHS. It comes only months after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Internet Gaming as an official mental health disorder.
“I call it a silent addiction,” Kendal told The Telegraph. “If you were shooting up in a park, everyone would care a lot more because it disrupts society. If he was drunk and driving a motorbike, everyone would care. But no-one cares if he is sitting in his bedroom.”