Addiction Experts Say No To Video Game Addict Classification
from the you-want-what-now? dept
We mocked the recent attempt to get "video game addiction" classified as a medical disorder, and it appears that addiction experts agree. At the latest American Medical Association meeting, various addiction experts came down strongly against the proposal, noting that a lot more research needed to be done and that there was "nothing to suggest" that video game addiction "is a complex physiological disease state." The various news articles on this make it pretty clear that this was probably just an attempt by some doctors to be able to get insurance companies to cover "treatment" for a bogus classification, rather than to spend more time figuring out if there was a more important "root cause" to the compulsive video gaming. It's nice to see addiction experts resist this claim -- and hopefully they'll remind people to stop calling everything an addiction.