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Gaming Addiction - Perhaps not-so-serious after all?
Written by Raphael2040   
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 05:38

You may recall me posting about how the AMA wanted to class Gaming Addiction as a mental disorder. The comments on the forums were all pretty much on the same note. We came to the conclusion that classing this as a disorder would just be plain silly.

Well, good news! Doctors and addiction experts have agreed with us! Huzzah!

They have officially refused to class gaming addiction as a mental illness, akin alcoholism. Experts believe that more study has to be done in this area before this excess playing of video games can be classed as a mental disorder.

Dr Stuart Gitlow, of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, stated;

"There is nothing here to suggest that this is a complex physiological disease state akin to alcoholism or other substance abuse disorders, and it doesn't get to have the word 'addiction' attached to it"

The psychiatrist group stated that if the science does indeed back it up, it will be considered for inclusion in the new Diagnostic and Statisical Manual [DSM] which is due for release in 2012. They also commented that video games are usually harmless and actually tend to help with some disorders, like Autism.


What do you reckon? This was expected, right? Or do you think that excessive video gaming should be classed a disorder? Whatever your view, let us know in the forums!


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