In 2005, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Service at the Hospital Clínic Barcelona created a team specializing in addictive behaviour in young people, at the very time when there was an increase in cases of addiction to video games and the Internet. Since then, the care provided has continued to grow and become more diverse. However, dealing with behavioural addictions in young people is a complex issue, because often the criteria do not correspond 100% to those of an addiction. But rather, as Dr. Díaz and Dr. Ilzarbe point out, in most cases they are just the tip of the iceberg and are linked to some kind of prior difficulty in young people.
Dr. Díaz has always worked with young people and families with addiction problems. In 2005, when the Addictive Behaviours in Adolescents team was formed, she joined it. This was at the start of the first Internet addiction explosion. Meanwhile, Dr. Ilzarbe always knew he wanted to work with adolescents and, therefore, he did his residency at the Hospital Clínic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Service. He joined the team in 2020, just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when there was a second big spike in the number of cases.