Join us Wed. Sept 30 at 7pm for a special free virtual presentation with Dr. Paul Weigle:

Screen Time, Gaming Disorder
& Mental Health: A Virtual Addiction?

Playing video games has become almost ubiquitous among youth. Many popular video games reward players with randomized digital content with real-world value, blurring the lines with gambling. Gaming disorder is a behavioral addiction to online games. Neurobiological changes in affected individuals are comparable to those occurring in substance use disorders. Research reveals risk factors (male sex, impulsivity, poor social competence & parental attachment), prognosis (85% stability over 2 years), and clinical outcomes (depression, anxiety & academic failure). Research and clinical experience reveals how mental health providers can effectively identify and treat these problems in affected individuals. Clinical implications for identifying and treating patients with IGD (Internet Gaming Disorder), and relation to gambling disorder will be discussed.


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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a nonprofit grassroots organization working at the national, state and local community levels to improve the lives of people with mental illness and their families.

NAMI Farmington Valley, CT an affiliate of NAMI and NAMI-CT, was founded in June 2004, to respond to the mental health needs of the greater Farmington Valley community.

Our mission is to:

SUPPORT people with mental illnesses including children, and their friends and families.

EDUCATE and inform people with mental illnesses and their families about services and treatment available in the community.

ELIMINATE STIGMA by developing public understanding of the challenges of living with a serious mental illness.

ADVOCATE for better services and treatments, protection of rights and research.

Learn more about us, our mission and our goals here.