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June 3, 2020

Taking Gaming Disorder Treatment to the Next Level

Author Affiliations
  • 1Flinders University College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2Outpatient Clinic for Behavioral Addictions, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Mainz, Mainz, Germany
  • 3Child Study Center, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(8):869-870. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1270

Although most people enjoy video gaming (typically online) without problems, some may experience gaming-associated harms. Psychiatrists and other health professionals may encounter individuals in treatment settings, typically young male patients, who report gaming-associated negative outcomes on interpersonal relationships, work, education, physical health, and mental well-being. The World Health Organization recently included definitions for hazardous gaming and gaming disorder (GD) in the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision (ICD-11) (https://icd.who.int/en). This followed the introduction of internet gaming disorder as a possible condition for further study in the DSM-5 in 2013, generating debate during the process for the ICD-11 among researchers, clinicians, and others. Although suggestions that gaming problems may be most relevant in Asian jurisdictions exist, gaming problems are of concern globally. Although research to guide optimal assessment and treatment of GD is steadily accumulating,1,2 more studies are needed to guide evidence-based practice to address this clinical concern.

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