Video Game Addiction As An Official Disorder?

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Apparently, there's an effort under way to get the American Medical Association to classify video game addiction as an official disorder. Of course, almost all of the claims concerning video game addiction have been from psychologists trying to drum up extra business -- while research has said that video games are no more "addictive" than school or work. Others have pointed out that there's no real evidence that there's any real addiction in video games, and often it appears that so-called "video game addiction" is simply a symptom of some other problem which goes untreated if all the focus is on the so-called addiction to video games. There's nothing wrong with noting that excessive video gaming is a problem, but in defining it as an addiction in its own right, it seems that it will take away from understanding the root causes of the problem and focus on just treating symptoms.
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    Killer B, 21 Jun 2007 @ 4:44pm

    Disorders? Or perhaps symptoms of existing disord

    The thought process behind putting "Gaming Addiction Disorder" (and "Internet Addiction Disorder") in the DSM as official disorders comes from the same mentality as "Pathological Gambling"

    Personally, I think all three of those shouldn't be "disorders" themselves. They could be symptoms of another underlying disorder, like:

    - Depression (block out harsh reality)
    - ADD/ADHD (stimulation)
    - Bipolar Disorder (same as depression in low state, ADHD in high state)
    - Dysthymia (same as depression) or Cyclothymia (same as bipolar)
    - Most Anxiety Disorders, like general, specific phobias, etc. (block out fears)
    - OCD (obsessions with gambling/gaming/Internet and compulsions to quell these obsessions)
    - Autism (mind is far younger than the body and can't control its impulses for "play" properly)
    - Asperger's Syndrome (same as autism)
    - Schizophrenia (shattered perception of reality, and would rather deal with fantasy)
    - certain personality disorders, like Narcissistic (if it makes the person feel omnipotent), Borderline or Histrionic (if it makes them feel important)

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