It is clear that I know people who can be in seen as addicted to [amazon_textlink asin=’B00H6VSWTW’ text=’video games’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’cfmmusscean03-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2fd16823-f1ef-11e7-817f-d1835dc80b87′]. Gamers I know fall into three groups, immature, escapism and addicted. If you have missed work a few times because you were exhausted from gaming all night that might mean you are irresponsible and need to grow up. To be an addict, gaming would have to significantly disrupt your life, work and relationships. If most of your relationships are in the gaming world, that is a red flag. It is easy to get caught up in a world that is more rewarding than the real world. I know people who have quit jobs because it cut into their gaming time and he was an adult!

Video game addiction (VGA) is a hypothetical behavioral addiction characterized by excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games, which interferes with a person’s everyday life.[1] Video game addiction may present itself as compulsive gaming, social isolation, mood swings, diminished imagination, and hyper-focus on in-game achievements, to the exclusion of other events in life. Wikipedia

A list of articles you might use to self diagnosis.

Video or online gaming addiction being recognized as a mental-health disorder

by: Jennifer L. Boe
It’s winter vacation time and too cold to do anything outdoors, so the kids are engrossed in playing the video games they received for Christmas.

You’re just glad your teenagers are safe at home, never mind that you can’t coax them away from their games to do chores or interact with the rest of the family.

Perhaps over the past year or so, you’ve noticed online games have pretty much consumed your child’s life, particularly if he’s a teenage boy. Maybe your husband is the one who walks in the house, retreats to his man cave-video playland and is still at it long after everyone else is in bed. Read More

Can’t Stop Gaming? The WHO May Soon Consider Video Game Addiction a Mental Disorder

by: Sy Mukherjee
Video game addicts of the world: Your compulsion may be considered an official mental disorder. The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to include it its new global medical coding guidelines.

The WHO is currently whipping up a draft of the latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD), ICD-11. This set of universal medical codes is meant to make it easier to identify specific health disorders on a consistent basis across nations; the current version, ICD-10, is being updated. But ICD-11, which will be rolled out in 2018, will include a new proposed class of mental conditions called “gaming disorder.”

The Surprising Upside to Video Game Addiction’s Classification as a Mental Health Disorder

We couldn’t treat what couldn’t be diagnosed.

The last time video games made so many headlines, Pokemon Go was causing traffic accidents and luring children into sex offenders’ neighborhoods. Here’s some more not-so-great news for those trying to escape life by disappearing into a fantasy world: you may be suffering from a mental health condition. For the first time ever, the World Health Organization has included “gaming disorder” in a draft of the International Classification of Diseases annual list. Read more.

Video Game Addiction Symptoms, Causes and Effects

Although it is not yet recognized by the American Medical Association as a diagnosable disorder, video game addiction is a very real problem for many people. According to the University of New Mexico, recent studies suggest that 6 to 15 percent of all gamers exhibit signs that could be characterized as addiction. Though this disorder can have significant consequences to those suffering from it, its signs and symptoms can sometimes be very difficult to recognize.

Are There Different Types of Video Game Addictions?

There are two major types of video games and therefore two major types of video game addictions. Read more