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Excessive media consumption among young people worries doctors

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

             Those who come into contact with addictive substances sooner become more dependent. This also applies to online games and social networks, according to the medical profession.


        Alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines, as well as online games and social networks, are a threat to adolescent health, according to medical professionals. "The sooner you start, the more critical it is," said Gundolf Berg, chairman of the Professional Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (BKJPP) before a congress of medical specialists in Kassel.
The risk of excessive use of social networks and Internet games is growing: "The topic has gained in importance through the constant availability of smartphones," says Berg. Most adolescents would not come to the practices for internet addiction. "But this topic then arises in conversation," he explains. The frequency of a pathological Internet use, ie an addiction, is estimated at about five percent.
Unclear case numbers "As I play online games, I fail to learn other age-appropriate things," says Berg. "Often, additional difficulties such as social phobias and attention disorders are added."
How many young people are at risk is barely noticeable. After all, the victims avoided addiction counseling centers, explains Wolfgang Schmidt-Rosengarten, Managing Director of the Hessian State Office for Addiction Issues: Only a few people wanted to "go to an institution that deals with addiction". But there is an enormous demand for offers that focus on excessive media consumption.
In Kassel, 600 physicians will be exchanging views on the mental health of children, adolescents and their families at the annual conference of the BKJPP from Thursday to Saturday. The BKJPP claims to own almost 700 of the 1000 specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy in Germany.
 (dpa) /




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