Addiction therapists sign up for WoW

There are reports that therapists are trying a new tactic to reach people that they think are "addicted" to online games like World of Warcraft - they're joining the game themselves.

Dr Richard Graham, a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Centre in London, told the Telegraph: "We will be launching this project by the end of the year. I think it's already clear that psychiatrists will have to stay within the parameters of the game. They certainly wouldn't be wandering around the game in white coats and would have to use the same characters available to other players".

It's not terribly clear what they're planning to do in the game. Message people who they see regularly online? Graham acknowledges this, sort-of: "While a psychiatrist may excel in what they do in the real world, they're probably not going to be very good at playing World of Warcraft. We may have to work at that if we are going to get through to those who play this game for hours at end".

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OtherWhiteMeat3827d ago

If these people are truly addicted I doubt they will be here reading this article.WoW players really need to get a life.

Campy da Camper3827d ago

Can you imagine playing a hardcore came of Call of Duty or Killzone or something and right when your team is spawn camping the crap outta the other team some avatar runs up to you and asks how you are feeling? BOOM! Shotty to the face!

cwalkco3827d ago

Rofl. This made my day.

RockmanII73827d ago

Don't people with addictions need conventions? If someone agrees to go to therapy all by himself, he probably isn't addicted.

Taco_Waffle3827d ago

Almost seems like an AA counselor joining an alcoholic at the pub and sharing a pitcher.

DoctorSavage3827d ago

Psychopathgists :p are the biggest addicts of them all. I have known a few as friends or should I say friends of unfortuante friends, but still. The gamers are going to have to save them. They are going to be addicted quick. True story. They are going to be gaming, and sucking on virtual crotches...Oh wow, this to made my day. I hate people sometimes, but I still laugh. Game on gamers and Gank the Psychos!!!

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