Video games as mental-health hazards

When do video games cross the line from a fun diversion to a mental health disorder? Patricia A. Areán, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, talks about gaming disorder --  a new mental health condition declared by the World Health Organization.

She give examples of people who have it, including those who develop a gaming psychosis, and she discusses how other countries are dealing with it. So how much is too much time playing video games? Five hours is definitely too much, she said. She recommends no more than two hours a day. (Includes b-roll of a gamer.)

Areán discusses the topic in this downloadable video segment

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