Video Gaming “Addiction” A Mental Disorder?

Posted by on December 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hi…I’m Rob and I’m a video game addict

The American Psychiatric Institute (APA) had been considering, based on a vote by the American Medical Association (AMA), including video gaming addiction in their updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM – V, being released this year). They have also considered including “IAD” or “Internet Addiction Disorder” in their new release of the manual.

So…what’s up with that?

Well, apparently this whole thing started as a joke…a bunch of shenanigans. Seems that a guy buy the name of Ivan Goldberg, M.D made a bit of satire back in the 90’s and proposed “IAD” as a hoax. From there, the douchebags we like to call “psychiatrists” went all monkey shit and decided that OH MY GEEZORZ, this is a legit disorder. They then tried to get the idea of video gaming addiction recognized as a real mental disorder, as well.

The good news is that DSM V does NOT include a section on either video gaming addiction or internet addiction disorder. The bad news is that those same douchebags will almost certainly try lobbying to get those “disorders” included in DSM VI or a supplemental to DSM V, which will certainly be published sometime in the future.

So we have to ask ourselves: “Who is crazier, here? The people who play video games and get on the internet, or the people who think that people who play video games and get on the internet are crazy?”

Personally, I think we’re all batshit.

What do you think? Tell me in comments section!

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  • WoW Widow

    I am looking forward to this being placed in the DSM. Maybe then my husband will get his ass off the damn computer and be a HUSBAND for once instead of acting like a freaking child, and maybe *gasp!* hold down a job for more than 2 weeks!!! The jerk doesn’t “have time” to work, but has 15 hours a day to play f-ing WoW. I say he plays too much and he threatens me and the kids. It’s sad when a 4 year old thinks all dads do is play games, when mom works 50 hours a week and then comes home to a home where NOTHING has been done! He needs HELP, and the only way he will believe anyone he’s addicted is if it’s in the DSM!!!!

    • Gaze73

      Yeah, well, good job marrying him.