CBT shows promise in teens with gaming disorder

The findings may be important for managing this newly recognised aspect of addiction, researchers say

CBT may help reduce symptoms of so-called ‘gaming disorder’ in at-risk high school students, a multi-centre German study suggests.

Analysis of data from 422 teenagers with symptoms of gaming disorder and unspecified internet use disorder revealed that the intervention had an effect “above and beyond spontaneous remission”, the researchers say.

However, despite a long-term reduction in symptom severity, CBT did not change incidence rates.

“To our knowledge, this cluster randomised clinical trial is the first to investigate the long-term effects of a

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