EDITOR LIZ KEARNEY
‘Gaming addiction’ is a hot topic at the moment, as parents all over the country say “I told you so!” when they read that the playing of computer games, when it reaches a certain level of severity, had been classified as a disorder. With the push on to limit screen time for children and young adults, sitting in a room staring at a computer game for hours on end is already universally perceived to be a bad thing.
And yet. In her column this week, psychiatrist Patricia Casey offers pause for thought. What if, she writes, compulsive playing of computer games is not a psychiatric disorder, but just a really bad habit?
She questions whether classifying such a habit — no matter how severe — as a disorder, will only drive parents to seek treatment for their children, whom they believe are playing too many computer games, rather than looking to educate themselves about the topic, and about their parenting techniques.
How happy are you out of your comfort zone? On p6, Katie Byrne talks to the blind people who have taken up dancing. Through the dance classes, they enjoy the freedom of movement without fear, and their seeing partners are given a chance to connect with the sensory world around them, with startling results.
On p12, survivors of childhood cancer talk about the knock-on effects of their treatment in their adult lives, and insomnia sufferer and author Roisin Meaney finds an unconventional treatment for her sleeplessness, on p9.
Until next week,