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Just read this in the paper(yes, i read)
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So you think your teenager is addicted to Xbox? You may be right -- and if the prestigious American Medical Association has its way, video game addiction could become a legitimate medical condition.




It may sound like a bunch of hooey to a nation of Wii, Xbox and PlayStation enthusiasts, but next week, at the AMA's national meeting in Chicago, delegates will vote on a recommendation that "Internet/video-game addiction" be classified as a formal diagnosis.

Up to 90 percent of American youngsters play video games and as many as 15 percent of them -- more than 5 million kids -- may be addicted, according to data cited in an AMA report.

For 160 years, the AMA has made national health recommendations that are quickly adopted.

They range from recommending that all cars be equipped with seat belts to calling for annual mammograms for women older than 50.

Not everyone is buying into this new malady, however. Some might compare it to a gambling addiction, but others see this as a lightweight diagnosis, akin to a shopping addiction.

"I'm an addiction skeptic," said Steve Jones, a communications professor at the University of Illinois and a research fellow with the Pew Internet & American Life Project. "Just because any activity might interfere with other activities is not enough to call it an addiction."

An AMA report said the heaviest game players are those who play MMORPGs -- massive multiplayer online role-playing games, such as World of Warcraft.

Those players, the AMA says, are more likely to be socially isolated -- and probably addicted.

Dr. Joseph Keeley, an Orlando, Fla., pediatrician, said he has seen evidence of addiction.

"There are some kids who clearly act like they're addicted, and when you take them off, they'll go through withdrawal. They'll get irritable and hard to live with," Keeley said.

The problem hit home last fall when he drove his daughter to Northwestern University near Chicago.

There, a Northwestern dean told him that 3 percent to

4 percent of freshmen boys move into the dormitories, get their high-speed Internet hooked up -- and never go to class.

"Needless to say, that's troublesome," Keeley said.

Joyce Protopapas of Frisco, Texas, said her 17-year-old son, Michael, was a video addict. Over nearly two years, video and Internet games transformed him from an outgoing, academically gifted teen into a reclusive manipulator who flunked two 10th-grade classes and spent several hours day and night playing World of Warcraft.

"My father was an alcoholic . . . and I saw exactly the same thing" in Michael, Protopapas said. "We battled him until October of last year," she said. "We went to therapists, we tried taking the game away."

Last fall, the family found a therapist who "told us he was addicted, period." They sent Michael to a therapeutic boarding school, where he has spent the past six months -- at a cost of $5,000 a month that insurance won't cover, his mother said.

A support group called On-Line Gamers Anonymous has numerous postings on its Web site from gamers seeking help. Liz Woolley of Harrisburg, Pa., created the site after her 21-year-old son fatally shot himself in 2001 while playing an online game she says destroyed his life.

In a February posting, a 13-year-old identified only as Ian told of playing video games for nearly 12 hours straight, said he felt suicidal and wondered if he was addicted.

"I think i need help," the boy said.

Postings also come from adults, mostly men, who say video game addiction cost them jobs, family lives and self-esteem.

Jones, the University of Illinois professor who has studied college students' use of video games, said American society overreacts to new technology, particularly when it involves children.

He said it started back in the 1920s, when there was hand-wringing about how movies were causing children to spend too much time inside.

"Fast forward, we started to hear the same thing about TV, then about comic books, the same thing about rock 'n' roll, the same thing about rap music and the same thing about the Internet," Jones said. "It's just a pattern."

Technically the AMA vote would only be a first step, because it then would pass the baton to the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the primary handbook used to diagnose mental illnesses and disorders.

The psychiatric association takes the AMA's recommendation seriously, said Dr. James Scully, the APA medical director.

"We, along with them, share a concern for children's well-being, and children who spend too much time playing video games is a concern, especially video games that contain violence," Scully said.

But the next edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is not due out in 2012. Five more editions of Madden NFL are expected before then.
Source: http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/articl...91/1033/NEWS01

meh, soon everything is going to be a medical disorder
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They're probably just talking about WOW, which isn't even a real game.
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I know it, everybody is going to have a disorder of some kind. You like driving a car, Boom! addiction, you like walking, Boom! addiction. Can't people have a damn hobby without being labeled as an addict or being told they have some sort of disorder. All they have to say in order for us to believe what they're saying is tell us that *experts* discovered this or that. Who are these experts? I'm sorry I can't just blindly trust every bit of nonsense I read. If gaming is an addiction then I guess I'm an addict, big deal!
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Yea... kids don't get addicted to Unreal Tournament or Counter Strike...
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This was already posted, it is freakin absurd if you do not have the self control to stop playing video games then you should be classified mentally inept and locked in a rubber room.
    
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ITS BECAUSE ITS SO FUN... IDIOTS i guess going to the movies are addicting too cuz u know everybody does that also!
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So if it's an addiciton, does that mean I can sue if people make fun of me at work? SCORE!!

On topic... Kind of ridiculous. What about the 150 million or so people in America glued to their televisions every night intaking all the BS that the media spews out? Should we consider them hopeless if we're now addicts?
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This was already posted, it is freakin absurd if you do not have the self control to stop playing video games then you should be classified mentally inept and locked in a rubber room.
orly?...i know that it was being discussed, but this is another step..
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I have to SOMEWHAT agree. This is mostly pertaining to games like WOW and crap which as said above are not real games per say...

I know a bunch of people that since playing wow have changed, a lot. Like more angry, more sensitive, social life out the crapper. School is failing... CSS is also done this to a few people but then again I know me who has been playing video games all the time and taking AP classes and passing them so??
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I have to SOMEWHAT agree. This is mostly pertaining to games like WOW and crap which as said above are not real games per say...

I know a bunch of people that since playing wow have changed, a lot. Like more angry, more sensitive, social life out the crapper. School is failing...
Exactly. You guys are taking this way too personally.

Sex can be an addiction. Alcohol. Television, etc; even WORKING. Look up the definition of an addiction.

They're just saying that it could become an OFFICIAL addiction. Not that anyone who plays is addicted.
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