Unhealthy video game addiction is a clinical disorder.
What if doctors were trained to recognize video game overuse and counsel their patients on moderation… Video game deaths similar to the death of a Korean male who died after playing StarCraft 50 hours straight can be prevented, and should be.
At its 2007 annual meeting, the American Psychiatric Association rejected a proposal to classify video game addiction as a mental disorder. Now... we aren't talking about a gamer who plays 8 hrs a day having a mental disorder. We're talking about someone playing 16 hrs day at the detriment of their health. This sort of gamer should receive help from a clinician.
If you agree that the medical community should address the growing problem of video game addiction, please help us make the American Psychiatric Association aware of the breadth of the gaming addiction epidemic and its potential dangers by signing the petition below requesting that video game addiction be included in DSM V.
If you disagree, let us know why in the comments!