Hi, my name is Dr Huu Kim Le (most people call me Kim). I am an Australian Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, specialising in video gaming addiction or “gaming disorder”. I am based in Adelaide, South Australia. I completed my training in the Northern Sydney Health Network and worked as a consultant psychiatrist for the Women’s and Children’s Health Network in South Australia for 3 years.
How can my skills help you?
I offer an online telehealth psychiatry service, where I work with you in the comfort and convenience of your own home. From this, I will provide your GP with a comprehensive assessment and management plan. This may include follow up appointments.
I can help determine if you meet the criteria for a gaming disorder, the severity and any other contributing factors to your current life situation.
Gaming disorder is not an easy condition to treat. By the time someone decides to see me, the behaviour has been ingrained daily over months to years. By combining my extensive clinical (and gaming!) experience, I have a deep understanding of how games are designed to be addictive. Most gamers are resistant to seeking help because their behaviour has become a part of their lives, which can often be stigmatised. I’ve been told by my patients that they felt more comfortable talking about their gaming because I was able to relate as a gamer.
My approach is one of curiosity, not judgement. People who suffer from gaming disorder require empathy. I tailor my approach to your individual life situation. Although treatment usually involves some form of cutting down on your gaming time or even period of abstinence, how we arrive to that decision together is unique to you.
Note: I don’t always make a diagnosis of gaming disorder! You might actually have a primary disorder involving your mood, anxiety or concentration/development. But that’s totally OK, because I can still help. It is just important that you have an expert opinion on whether your excessive gaming is a symptom of another disorder.
When I was a junior doctor, I met a patient who was addicted to the online game “World of Warcraft”. This chance meeting inspired me to take up specialist training in psychiatry.
I received a federal grant to investigate video gaming addiction clinics at the National Addiction Management Service in Singapore.
I have been invited to speak on the national news, Today Show and A Current Affair. Every month, I am speaking at medical conferences and workplaces on this growing problem that affects everyone.
I filmed an interactive online documentary with SBS on Demand titled “Are You Addicted to Technology?”. The release date is 21st April 2021.
I am still passionate about increasing awareness of video gaming addiction. It brings me joy, making an impact on the individuals I work with but also through my media appearances, keynote speeches and workshops. I have literally days worth of content ready to go for your school, workplace or corporate event.
“Are You Addicted to Technology?” Interactive Documentary Film for SBS on Demand to be released early 2021
What happens when our children become engrossed in their on-line world and why is so hard to draw them away? Growing up Kim loved computers games too and has worked as a psychiatrist helping our children with Internet gaming addiction. Kim helps us to understand this world as he asks, ‘Do babies really need the Internet?’.