Following the news of a treatment center in the UK expanding its offerings to include treating game addiction, an Australian academic has called for a similar program to be launched down under.
Sydney University Psychiatric Professor Vladan Starcevic, also billed as a game addition expert, made the call for action to the Herald Sun citing his own recent research in which he polled 2,000 gamers. The results of the survey led him to believe that up to one in ten subjects showed signs of addictive behavior. Starcevic said that his study was undertaken due to more patients exhibiting signs of being addicted to games.
Of the UK’s Broadway Lodge treatment center, Starcevic noted, “I think it’s good that someone has taken this seriously. I think it should be recognised that this is a problem for some people.”
Starcevic’s full study will be released in this month’s Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.