Video Game Addiction

In 2007, the American Medical Association called for additional research into what many medical professionals saw as a growing problem: video game addiction. This disorder may also be included in the next version of the AMA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Video game addiction is a serious issue, and one that every parent should be aware of.

Learning about Video Game Addiction

  • “Pathological” gameplay is defined as behavior patterns consistent with gambling addiction. More specifically, pathological gamers exhibit at least six out of eleven symptoms of damage to family, social, school, or psychological functioning.
  • Pathological gamers, compared to non-pathological gamers, spent twice as much time playing games (about twenty-four hours each week), were more likely to have game systems in their bedrooms, reported having mroe trouble paying attention at school, received poorer grades at school, had more health problems, and were more likely to feel “addicted.”
  • Some of the symptoms of video game addiction include the following:
    • Lying to family and friends about video game usage
    • Using video games to escape from problems or bad feelings
    • Becoming restless or irritable when attempting to stop playing video games
    • Skipping homework in order to play video games
    • Doing poorly on a school assignment or test because of time spent playing video games
  • If you think that your child may be addicted to video games, it’s important to seek professional help. Your family physician is a good place to start. You can also read our Guide to Video Game Addiction for assessments, information, and more advice.

Pathological gaming and video game addiction are serious issues that are affecting families around the world. For most kids, video games are a fun part of a healthy media lifestyle—it is important, however, to make sure that time spent playing video games doesn’t encroach upon other important things, like physical activity and social interaction.



Tripe. Tripe. Plain and simple. Video game addiction does not exist. There is no medical evidence to suggest otherwise. This article was apparently written atleast 4 or 5 years ago, and from the time that this was written, to the time this comment was written, there has been no medical evidence to suggest the existence of video game addiction.

I would shred this article to pieces if I felt the need, but I can’t frankly find the need to spend anymore time on this garbage.

I am a Gamer and i know i am addicted but the main problem with people today is Control. I have to play a game at least for 30 mins then im fine for the rest of the day. But the problem is that i might stay up over night gaming. But the thing is when i play games im in my happy zone and nothing bothers me. Oh and im a 85 average in High school.

To the commenter who said that addiction doesn’t exist:
You’re wrong. I have kids who exhibited the exact addictive behaviors listed in this article and in the many other articles on this subject.

video additction is real get over it

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