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Posted in internet by 51future on March 19, 2008

Add “Internet Addiction” to the DSM (V)

An editorial in the current American Journal of Psychiatry argues that Internet and gaming addiction should be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) V, the handbook of mental disorders used by mental health workers in the US.

Slashdot Discussion

I’ll agree that in South Asia, especially Korea and the like, which has seen all sorts of unusual deaths linked to binge gaming and internet cafes (this Russian Lineage-related murder is even stranger,) this is probably more of a problem than it is in the US.

I think people find it easy to blame the games in these situations, because gaming is a rather new phenomenon (online gaming blew up in the 90s– before that, these problems still existed, but they took on other forms) and games are, for people who don’t play them, the ultimate unknown– the factor that could drive an otherwise normal person to do something ridiculous. I tend to agree with the Slashdot crowd on this one though. Behavioral addiction to these sorts of games, especially the deadly sort, is merely a symptom of a larger problem, whether it be loneliness or isolation or whatever. However, that doesn’t mean that a classification in the DSM (V) should be out of the question. If it leads to people with these sorts of addictions getting help, then good for everyone, I think.

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  1. Corey Moncure said, on March 24, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Haven’t really seen you online. I was waiting to wish you a happy birthday, but I’ll just leave a comment here. Hope you read it! I need your address bub so I can send you something.

    I have some photos to share when you come back online.

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