Excessive Video Gaming is now a Psychiatric Disorder: Finally!

We are seeing the damaging effects of excessive video gaming and electronic screen time in children in their meibomian glands and eyes. The American Psychiatric Association have included Internet Gaming as a new diagnosis worthy of treating.
It can be addicting and needs to be treated due to its damaging effects on multiple aspects of a youth’s body and life, particularly the risk of long term severe dry eye pain.

. 2019; 10: 336.
Published online 2019 May 10. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00336
PMCID: PMC6524313
PMID: 31133904

Internet Gaming Disorder in Adolescents With Psychiatric Disorder: Two Case Reports Using a Developmental Framework

Xavier Benarous, 1 , 2 , * Pierre Morales, 3 Hanna Mayer, 1 Cosmin Iancu, 1 Yves Edel, 3 and David Cohen 1 , 4


Internet Gaming Disorder

In 2013 the American Psychiatric Association included the Internet gaming disorder (IGD) in the research appendix of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) recommending that further studies be conducted (). Following DSM-5 suggestions, gaming disorder (GD) was recently included as a formal diagnostic entity in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases () referring to both offline and online games and drawing a distinction between GD and hazardous gaming. The prevalence of IGD/GD is estimated between 1.2% and 5.5% in teenagers, and a problematic gaming use would concern about 1 out of 10 adolescents playing video games ().
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