Behavioural therapy can help people with internet addiction, reveals study

Many people spend hours on the internet every week, but some people can’t pull away. For individuals with internet addiction, there's a type of short-term therapy that can be an effective treatment, according to a small study published Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry

Behavioural therapy can help people with internet addiction, reveals studyResearchers found that 69.4% of men with internet addiction entered remission if they received short-term cognitive behavioural therapy, compared to 23.9% of men who entered remission while being on a waitlist to receive therapy. People in remission were 10 times more likely to be part of the short-term cognitive behavioural therapy group than the waitlist […]

Do video games drive obesity? New study seeks to find answers

A chubby teen lolling on the sofa for hours on end, the game controller in one hand, a bag of crisps at his side and a bottle of coke on the coffee table. This is the mental picture many people have of the typical gamer. Along with this goes the widespread notion that frequent gaming contributes to obesity. Is this justified?

Do video games drive obesity? New study seeks to find answers“The study contradicts this stereotype for children and teenagers. In adults, there is a slight positive correlation between playing video games and body mass,” explains Professor Markus Appel, a communication psychologist at the University of Würzburg. Researchers from the University of Würzburg (Markus Appel, Caroline Marker) and from the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the […]

Study reveals, gaming associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boys

Playing video games may not necessarily impair children’s social skills, and a new study suggests that any behavioural effect that frequent gaming might have may occur only in pre-teen girls

Study reveals, gaming associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boysThe rising popularity of video games in recent years has raised questions among parents, doctors and educators about the potential for gaming to negatively impact children’s psychological and social development, researchers note in Child Development. But much of this research has focused on kids who spend too much time gaming or favour violent games. For […]

‘Ankur’: One-of-a-kind support group formed for children of addicts

A support group for children of addicts which has recently been started in Thane and Pune has become a helping hand for around 100 children of drug, alcohol and Internet addicts

‘Ankur’: One-of-a-kind support group formed for children of addicts‘Ankur,’ a first of its kind support group has been started at Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. In Thane, the group is carrying out its activities under the guidance of Dr Anand Nadkarni. Mukta Puntambekar, the director of Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre said, “Over the years, we observed that families of people suffering from addiction have […]

Go Pikachu! Are you an Internet gaming addict?

Go Pikachu! Are you an Internet gaming addict?Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) is a condition where one plays excessive Internet games and can get addicted to it. There have been such cases wherein we have diagnosed individuals with IGD, which is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Since the criteria for diagnosis of addiction are presently under study, it […]

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s health

Dr Parul Tank, a consultant psychiatrist from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares how excessive gaming can impact your child’s health both positively and negatively and what should a parent do

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s healthHave we ever considered gaming addition as a mental health issue? Maybe not, with a hope that this phase will pass, we usually brush it under the carpet. Excessive gaming, like any other activity, has its impact. Video games started off as a way for kids to pass the time, back in the 50’s, but […]

Momo challenge: Union ministry issues advisory for parents to safeguard children

The Momo game refers to an online challenge for which an avatar of a grotesque woman is being used. Pay close attention to your kid’s behaviour and have open communication with them. The Ministry of Electronics and IT has issues this advisory to caution parents from this game which encourages suicide

Momo challenge: Union ministry issues advisory for parents to safeguard childrenAfter the killer blue whale challenge, the teens, across the world, are falling prey to deadly ‘MOMO’ challenge. Like the blue whale challenge, ‘MOMO’ challenge also includes a series of tasks, and the last task to perform is to commit suicide. ‘The Momo Challenge’ started on Facebook where members were ‘challenged’ to communicate with unknown […]

WHO: Video gaming disorder to be recognised as mental illness

If you are a hardcore video game player and can't let that controller go away for a moment, then you must know that World Health Organization (WHO) thinks that your actions could make you a patient of mental illness

WHO: Video gaming disorder to be recognised as mental illnessThe World Health Organisation (WHO) will include “gaming disorder” in its international list of illnesses to be released early in 2018. Across the globe, e-sports is a growing trend that reached new heights of fandom in the last few years. Several thousand hardcore gamers throng events every year to participate in huge conglomerations of people […]