Science Unsure Whether Internet Gaming Is a Mental Disorder

Internet gaming disorder is the name of a proposed mental health condition designed to give mental health professionals the ability to diagnose a dysfunctional, addictive pattern of playing video games, especially games played over the Internet. Tentatively, it belongs to a group of disorders known as behavioral addictions or process addictions. The American Psychiatric Association…

Racism Takes a Toll on a Child’s Mental Health, Study Finds

In order to determine the effects of racism and prejudice on the psychological health and welfare of children and adolescents, a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia reviewed 461 case studies that explored potential links between racially-motivated discrimination and mental health difficulties in young people. Most of the kids whose experiences…

Past Weight Loss an Overlooked Factor in Disordered Eating

Researchers who study anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders commonly focus their attention on psychological aspects of these illnesses, including  one’s thought processes, belief structures and emotional changes. This focus makes sense, since these factors heavily determine the development of disordered eating behaviors. However, according to the results of a study published in August 2013…