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NHS is “picking up the pieces” of an epidemic of mental illness among children, fueled by social media and other addictive online outlets, the head of the service has warned.
Simon Stevens urged companies like Google and Facebook to take more responsibility for the pressures they place on children.
It follows calls for social media and online gaming firms to have a statutory “duty of care” to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behavior.
And now, the World Health Organization has announced “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released Monday. The WHO defines a “gaming disorder” as having three major characteristics that experts say are similar to substance-use disorders (drug addiction) and gambling disorder.
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