Online gaming may lead to depression. A warning and a cause of worry.Addiction to gaming is classified as a medical disorder, to be treated officially on NHS, by the World Health Organization last month. Recent studies have found a link between video game addiction and depression in children. The more addicted the children are to online games, the more they become prone to depression in the later stages of life. Earlier, when the addiction to different types of video games among children was noticed, it was found that children playing non-stop video games suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis, which may turn fatal. The recent study about the link between depression and gaming is more alarming since the World Health Organization has predicted that by 2020 depression will be the second most leading cause of any disease throughout the world. There is a stigma associated to any disorder related to addiction and only about one third of the cases get medical attention. This has compounded the number of patients of depression throughout the world and hence the prediction.
Through ISC, I am requesting all the guardians/ relatives of the children addicted to any type of online games to seek necessary help rather than providing an excuse by saying it's because of the misuse of the smart devices or laptops.