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16-hour video game binges almost ruined Calgary teen’s life

March 5th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views

cam-adair-with-controller.jpg.size.custom.crop.886x650After an addiction to gaming brought on depression, family problems and a wish to end his life, Cam Adair finally broke free

Cam Adair is one of a growing number of young people in North America and beyond, particularly boys, who are addicted to video games. The proportion of Ontario students with symptoms of a video gaming problem in 2015 was 13 per cent, compared to 9 per cent in 2007, according to a health survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. (It defined symptoms as “preoccupation, tolerance, loss of control, withdrawal, escape, disregard for consequences, disruption to family/school.”) And boys are four times more likely than females to exhibit problem gaming, CAMH says.  Read this article at The Toronto Star…

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