Should gaming addiction be recognized by the DSM?

  • Yes it should.

    Gaming addiction should be recognized by the DSM. If things stupid as sex addiction can be recognized by the DSM, then gaming addiction should be recognized as well. Gaming addiction is very harmful to people's lives, and there needs to be more attention paid to these types of things by the DSM.

  • Yes it should.

    The gaming addiction should be recognized by the DSM it is important to recognize all forms of addiction because some people get addicted very easily to certain things even though they do not have addictive personalities so I believe we should be there for those people and offer them support.

  • Yes, it should.

    Gaming addiction should be much more recognized in general than it is. People often think it just sounds silly, or do not properly understand how bad the addiction can get. Gaming addiction sometimes brings people so far out of reality, they do not care at all about the real world and their real life responsibilities. That is a huge problem for them and their family.

  • Video Game Addiction Should Be Classified as a Potentially Serious Mental Disorder

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM, most certainly should acknowledge video game addiction. Addictive nature to video games is reaching a perilous level in our society, with many violent crimes being committed by persons who would otherwise be considered “highly” addicted to video games. Beyond just the loose ties to a surge recently in violent crimes, addictive tendencies in the area of video games has become most evident in personal relationships, often destroying those at their structure. Addiction to video games, like any other form of abusive behavior when it comes to over self-indulgence, should be acknowledged as a serious mental health issue, and therefore recognized for its serious nature by the DSM.

  • Yes, it should.

    Gaming addiction is a very real and serious problem for many people. It can cause all sorts of health problems for a person who is unable to be away from a video game from a long period of time. Their real life needs to be a priority before they jump in the virtual world.

  • Gaming addiction should be recognized.

    Yes, gaming should absolutely be recognized by the DSM. Gaming, for some people, is a serious issue. It causes very serious withdraw issues and leads to less than healthy behavior. People sometimes abandon the outside world entirely for gaming and can become very depressed from constant gaming and sitting in front of a never ending game.

  • Not everything is sick

    Its impossible to fill a manual with all types of addiction - even if an addiction is supposedly common in the population. Gaming addiction, in relation to alcohol, drugs, gambling etc. is tiny - and is more a sensational media hype to scare the older generations than an actual real problem.

  • Addiction Can Take All Forms

    I do not see any reason why the DSM should recognize gaming addiction in particular. Addiction can take many different forms and it should have an all encompassing definition. If it does not, then I think that should be edited, rather than adding in all of the different types of addictions.

  • No, we can be addicted to anything.

    Human beings who are trying to fill an empty space in their lives can get addicted to anything. At least drugs and alcohol and even food have a physical component. We can get addicted to shopping or work, but I don't think they should be in the DSM so I don't think gambling should be either.

  • There are people that live on it and like it.

    As people like smoking and drinking, there are people that like to be gamers, and is right to leave them do what they want, because the way that they do is a lot more healthy than smoking or drinking, and that could be their job as people continue to make money and sustained their life with gaming.

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