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Hoag Experts Discuss Gaming & Device Addiction in Teens

Gaming and device addiction is becoming more common in teens. The World Health Organization recently recognized “gaming disorder” as a diagnosable condition. While the addiction is not the same as a chemical one via drugs or alcohol, it can cause similar psychological effects, such as irritability, depression, isolation and anxiety.

Hoag invites the community to explore the impact technology has on adolescent behavior and brain development with an educational discussion hosted by Hoag’s teen mental health experts.

This interactive presentation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach Conference Center, 3900 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. The seminar is free and open to the public.

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