Expert outlines features of gaming addictions after called mental health condition

Gaming addiction was listed as a mental health condition for the first time by World Health Organisations earlier this year.

Dr Vladimir Poznyak who specialises in addiction said on TVNZ1's Breakfast today there are three essential features which allows them to diagnose that as a health condition. 

"First is when the control of this behaviour is being significantly impaired...they have difficulty in controlling or regulating this behaviour.

"Second is when the behaviour takes presidency over other daily activities and roles of the individual.

"The third one is when this behaviour continues or escalates in spite of the negative consequences of this behaviour."

The World Health Organisation do not currently have any evidence based recommendations on what will work to reduce the amount of problem with gaming addiction.

Dr Vladimir Poznyak of WHO tells Breakfast the reasons why gaming addictions have been declared a Mental Health Condition. Source: Breakfast


Category-5 Cyclone Gita due to smash into Tonga today

Cyclone Gita, which has already caused extensive damage and flooding in Samoa, is now strengthening to a Category-5 tropical cyclone and is due to hit Tonga today.

Tonga's Meteorological Service has issues a Hurricane Warning for Tongatapu and 'Eua, as well as damaging swell, heavy rain and flash flooding warnings.

"Very destructive hurricane force winds are expected from this evening," the service warns.

Category-5 storms are the top of the scale, with winds of more than 252kmh.

Cyclone Winston, a Category-5 tropical cyclone which formed in February of 2016, killed 44 people in Fiji, injured 126 more and destroyed or damaged 40,000 homes.

Forecasts are currently about half and half on whether the remnant of the storm will eventually make landfall in New Zealand next week.

Cyclone Gita has already caused extensive flooding an damage in parts of Samoa, after hitting the island nation on Saturday.



Story of the week: Woman who checked-in for appendix removal finds husband harvested her kidney

A woman from West Bengal in India says her husband stole her kidney to cover an unpaid dowry.  

Following up after a surgery which she thought was appendix removal, doctor's confirmed that her right kidney was gone.

After she complained to her husband about stomach pains two years ago he checked her into a private hospital in Kolkata for appendicitis, she says her organ was illegally harvested, BBC reports.

At the time, her husband told her not to mention the surgery to anyone. 

She has since told police that her husband and brother-in-law are responsible, stating they stole one of her kidneys as her family had not paid her dowry. 

According to the victim, her husband made constant pleas that her dowry be paid, a tradition that has been banned in India since 1961. 

Both the husband and brother-in-law have been arrested and are awaiting charges. 

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