Chinese government stops Electric Shock Therapy for game addicts

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 21:35 GMT


It looks as though the Chinese government has rightly put a stop to a video game addiction clinic’s practice of using electric shock treatments on teens supposedly addicted to gaming.

The Ministry of Health issued the order yesterday to the clinic in Linyi, Shandong province, according to China Daily:

More than 3,000 young people were tricked or forced into in to the four-month long course. To enroll their children, parents or guardians had to sign a contract acknowledging that they would be given electric shocks of up to 200 milliamperes. The treatment cost 6,000 yuan ($878) per month…

Shocks were given if patients broke any of the center’s 86 rules, which included prohibitions on eating chocolate, locking the bathroom door, taking pills before a meal, and sitting in Dr. Yang’s chair without permission.

Details of the treatment first became public when former patients wrote about their experiences online.


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