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The world’s largest health organization just classified video game addiction as a disorder

The World Health Organization states that studies suggest the disorder impacts "only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities."

‘Gaming disorder’ has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization — here’s what that means

The classification is meant to help clinical professionals define the point at which playing video games becomes problematic. That could help individuals who feel they are struggling with gaming get treatment. However, defining gaming as a mental health condition is still controversial.

When phone notifications interrupt our train of thought it’s called the ‘switch cost’ — here’s what it means

According to a recent study, smartphone notifications could be messing with our brain chemistry and making us inefficient because when a message or alert comes in, we have to divert our attention away from what we were doing.
Retired NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.

Brett Favre admitted to spending multiple stints in rehab during his NFL playing career

In a candid interview with long-time NFL reporter Peter King, Brett Favre admitted that he had gone to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse three different times in his playing career, only one of which had been previously reported.

The first drug for opioid withdrawal has gotten the green light — and it targets risky symptoms that others ignore

Lofexidine, sold under the brand name Lucemyra, is the first drug of its kind to target the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which can trigger a cycle of use, addiction, and overdose.

Google has announced it’s taking major steps to curb ‘tech addiction’ — here’s the reality

Google unveiled an initiative targeted at addressing what many call "tech addiction" at Google I/O on Thursday. Scientists who study smartphone and social media use say tech addiction isn't the real and concrete enemy that some are making it out to be, however.

Teens would rather break their bones than lose their phones

With access to apps that instantly connects us to millions of users, much of our day is spent hunched over a screen. Adam Alter, author of ''Irresistible,'' explores the rise of technology addiction - specifically in teenagers.

The US government is cracking down on a wildly popular vape pen with ‘scary’ nicotine levels, which experts say targets teens

The FDA is beginning to crack down on a vape pen called the Juul, which contains twice the nicotine of comparable devices. Some experts believe the device targets young people, whose brains are more vulnerable to addiction.

There’s a science-backed treatment for drug addiction that works — but it’s nearly impossible to get

The death toll from the opioids epidemic continues to soar, but experts say we already have an evidence-backed solution: medication-assisted treatment.