"What to do if you or a loved one needs help

As with most mental health issues, gaming disorder affects only a small percentage of the total population. “We’re not talking about people who play games when they’re bored, or who enjoy playing games but are managing their lives just fine,” Gentile says. “As long as it’s not affecting your mental or physical health, go ahead and play.”

"It's about trying to understand that there is a boundary at which behavior becomes too dysfunctional," he continues. "It's like depression: Everyone gets sad, but there is a point at which it becomes too much and you need treatment."

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