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If getting someone in your household away from a favorite video game seems impossible, you aren’t alone. In fact, video game addiction has become so prevalent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to add “gaming disorder” to its list of diseases in 2018.

Mental health professionals have long dealt with patients who exhibit signs of the disorder, an impaired control over gaming that includes an inability to quit. Someone with a gaming disorder likely finds that it interferes with other areas of his or her life, the experts say. Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse have been studying the condition for the past six years and join others in the field who believe making it official means it will be easier to diagnose and treat it.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

Depression Connected to Early Death Risk

Depression has always been considered an emotional issue, taking a toll on a person’s mental well-being. However, in recent years, medical professionals have begun to recognize its physiological effects on sufferers, as well.

A new Canadian study furthers this thinking, connecting depression to an overall shortened lifespan. After reviewing information on 3,410 adults dating back to 1952, the researchers found a link between depression and an increased risk of early death.

The team noticed that the risk for premature death was greatest in the years immediately following a depressive episode, which they felt demonstrated how treatment could possibly play an important life-saving role.

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If you spent your high school years failing to be part of the in crowd, you may actually be better off in the long run. According to a new study, those who form strong, long-term friendships in youth are happier than those who were described by others as being popular during their school years.

The study, which was conducted by a team of University of Virginia researchers, surveyed 169 people across multiple races and socioeconomic statuses. Researchers questioned the group of participants about their friendships and mental health at the age of 15, then checked back in each year until they reached the age of 25.

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