Is game addiction a mental disorder?

The telltale signs are ominous: teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars.The culprit is not alcohol or drugs. It is video games, which for certain kids can be as powerfully addictive as heroin, some doctors contend.A leading council of the USA’s largest doctors’ group wants to have this behaviour officially classified as a psychiatric disorder, to raise awareness and enable sufferers to get insurance coverage for treatment.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/06/22/1182019344317.htmlHowever doctors aren’t too keen to have video game addiction recognised as a mental disorder, saying the issue requires further research. See Experts oppose video game addiction designation

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