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Thai Children at High Risks For Gaming Addiction




CHIANG RAI – The Department of Mental Health says Thai kids have a tendency to be addicted to video games, causing them to lack confidence and concentration.

According to the Mental Health Department under the Public Health Ministry, Thai youths nowadays spend more time on playing games than in the past and can easily become addicted to video and computer games, particularly kids left on their own devices have higher risks of being game addicts. The department said some of these kids could develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), while others could lose self-confidence.

The Mental Health Department has therefore urged the parents to consult a therapist if their children are addicted to games, or call 1323 for advice, twenty-four hours a day.

The department also advised that parents observe their children, saying if a kid plays games for 2 straight hours or more, he or she might be a game addict. Other indications include skipping school, lower GPA, and fewer number of friends.

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