Skip to main content

Gaming Disorder, Internet

Madhavi Singh, MD and Lauren Schneekloth, MD Reviewed 06/2019
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is where the “gamers” play compulsively, to the exclusion of other interests resulting in clinically significant impairment or distress.

  • For gaming diso...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Thorough history

  • DSM-5 section III proposed symptoms of IGD include:

    • Preoccupation with gaming

    • Withdrawal symptoms when gaming is taken away or not possible (sadness, anxiety, irritabili...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered efficacious (5)[A].

  • Suggested psychotherapies (6)[C]:

    • CBT is suggested to improve inhibitory control ability, recognize maladap...

ONGOING CARE

PATIENT EDUCATION

  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for toddlers <18 months of age except video chatting.

  • For children 2 to 5 years, limit are for 1 hr/day for hig...

REFERENCES

1
Paulus FW, Ohmann S, von Gontard A, et al. Internet gaming disorder in children and adolescents: a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol.  2018;60(7):645–659. [View Abstract on Ovid...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Gentile D. Pathological video-game use among youth ages 8 to 18: a national study. Psychol Sci.  2009;20(5):594–602. [View Abstract on OvidMedline]

  • Gentile DA, Bailey K, Bavelie...

CODES

SNOMED

  • 735551007 Gaming disorder

  • 735552000 Gaming disorder predominantly online

  • 735553005 Gaming disorder predominantly offline

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • IGD is considered a mental health disorder where the “gamers” play compulsively, to the exclusion of other interests resulting in clinically significant impairment or distress with sym...

Subscribe to Access Full Content

Sign Up for a 10-Day Free Trial

Sign up for a 10-day FREE Trial now and receive full access to all content.

×