19 Jun '11, 4am

S.Korea's Save Brain Clinic tries to wean addicts off Internet fix in 5-week treatment programme

S.Korea's Save Brain Clinic tries to wean addicts off Internet fix in 5-week treatment programme

In a picture taken on May 27, 2011, a nurse at the Save Brain Clinic demonstrates the process of neurofeedback at Gongju National Hospital in Gongju. -- PHOTO: AFP GONGJU (South Korea) - CHOI Hyun Min loses all track of time when he sits down to play computer games, but the sessions usually last at least 10 hours. Choi (not his real name) is among hundreds of thousands officially considered to be Internet addicts in South Korea, one of the world's most wired nations. Now the 16-year-old student is undergoing therapy at the 'Save Brain Clinic', which opened in early May and styles itself as the country's first specialist clinic for such addicts. 'Internet addiction is not mere delinquency,' said Lee Jaewon, who heads the clinic at Gongju National Hospital, a psychiatric institution 120km south of Seoul. 'It is a serious issue and parents need to feel less embarrassed and br...

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