Internet Gaming Addiction

    Happy Camper Counseling's owner, Hannah Milford,
talks Internet Gaming Addiction with Chuck and Brian of The Bad Feeling Podcast.

    Remember the days of arcades with tickets and prizes? Time spent on gaming was limited by how many tokens you had in your pocket.  Times have changed and access to video games is now unlimited. Video games are everywhere, in our homes, on our phones and tablets. Are video games just fun and games or can all access gaming become a more serious problem?  As video games become more and more prevalent, will gaming addiction become a real diagnosable disorder? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists Internet Gaming Disorder in Section 3, in need of more research.

    Internet gaming disorder is the “persistent and recurrent use of the Internet to engage in games, often with other players, leading to clinically significant impairment or distresss.”

    Signs of Internet Gaming Disorder:
  • Preoccupation with gaming
  • Withdrawal symptoms like anxiety or sadness
  • Tolerance like spending more time playing
  • Lack of control over gaming
  • Loss of interest in other hobbies
  • Continued excessive use despite knowledge of social problems
  • Lying about the amount of time spent gaming
  • Play in order to escape or avoid negative moods
  • Losing significant relationship/job/educational opportunities due to gaming 
    If you have 5 or more, you may have a problem with compulsive video gaming.

© Hannah Milford 2013
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

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