When it comes to addictions to the Internet and video games, it is important to get to the root of the problem.
This was one of the messages from Dr. Bruce Ballon, a psychiatrist from Toronto who operates a program called Adolescent Clinical Educational Services (A.C.E.S) for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Ballon spoke to about 60 people at the Collingwood Collegiate Institute library in a session that was organized by the CCI school council and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. While he traditionally deals with youth age 16-24, Ballon's message was for all ages. The focus was on video game addictions and youth gambling, but Ballon spoke a lot about the Internet too.