Gaming addiction: disorder or delusion?

A recent article published in Education Review looks at the reality of Gaming Disorder among adolescents. Mixed reactions from the psychomedical community aim to call  public attention to the risk of naming this as such, given that it could pathologise normal gaming behavior. It is important to highlight that in order to be diagnosed with this type of addictive behavior, normal functioning (including the disruption of relationships, personal hygiene and general health) must have been affected for at least 12 months. Treatments for this disorder have been made available in cities that have a high volume of gamers, although an understanding of what this disorder actual entails is still in its early stages. What can be taken away from this is, although there is a potential for a disorder to develop, gaming can and should still be seen as a healthy and rewarding outlet to be enjoyed in moderation by everyone.

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