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Not all fun and games: gaming disorder now recognised by WHO

KATHERINE ATKINSON

For the first time ever, gaming addiction will be classified as a mental health condition. This follows the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision to include “gaming disorder” in its 11th edition of International Classification of Disease (ICD). The ICD is a guide used by “doctors and researchers to track and diagnose disease” and was last updated in 1992, BBC.

WHO characterises gaming disorder as “impaired control over gaming,” “increased priority given to gaming” and the continuation of gaming despite negative consequences. WHO states that before gaming disorder is diagnosed, severe behavioural patterns must be present for 12 months. These behavioural patterns are classified as severe if gaming interferes with “personal, family, social, education, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.”

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Student societies: Something for everyone

GEMMA GATTICCHI

UP offers its students over 100 societies ranging from academic to social groups, and everything in between. Joining a society is a great way to immerse yourself in the university and meet new people. Below is a list of a few of the societies that Tuks has to offer:

 

Take a girl child to varsity: This organisation strives to help girls become independent members of society. It aims to give career guidance and support to the girls who need it most. Some of its activities include making sure that information concern­ing different universities, qualifications and financing through university gets to the young girls out there, even in rural areas. The society also focuses on giving career guidance to girls and mentoring them through university, until they get their degrees.

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Don’t do drugs kids

RICARDO TEXEIRA

 

A guide to why you should listen to mom

 

With the independence that comes with your first year at university comes lifestyle choices that could make or break your university career and even life after studying. Your parents are no longer around to tell you to not do drugs, so Perdeby is here to stand in and give you some reasons not to do drugs.

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Alcohol Use Disorder: Acceptable now, addiction later

KATHERINE ATKINSON

Though first year students come from dif ferent backgrounds, the one thing that they have in common is that they look forward to university parties. First year is filled with many opportunities to explore new places, meet new people and have lots of fun. However , more often than not, nights out are centred on alcohol which means that excessive alcohol consumption has become somewhat normalised. In fact, Addiction Resources say that about “20% of college students meet the medical criteria for having an Alcohol Use Disorder, which includes alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.” This high statistic is not only attributed to the party culture embedded within universities, but also the transition from high school to university. This is because when students are presented with the pressures of meeting new people, adapting to a new environment and increased levels of work, alcohol presents itself as an easy stress reliever.

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Perdebate 27 January 2018

First year is daunting for pretty much any first year student. University is the start of a new chapter in your life, in a completely different environment from high school, and if you’re not properly prepared you may find it to be quite a struggle. Luckily, there are those that have gone through it before you and are willing to give some friendly advice. Perdeby asked a few senior students what they wished they had known when they were in first year:

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