Though some would like to make it so, gamers have dodged a virtual bullet.
Doctors backed away on Sunday from a controversial proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder akin to alcoholism, saying psychiatrists should study the issue more.
“Even before debate on the subject began, the committee that made the proposal backed away from its position, and instead recommended that the American Psychiatric Association consider the change when it revises its next diagnostic manual in 5 years. The psychiatrist group has said if the science warrants, it could be considered for inclusion in the next diagnostic manual, which will be published in 2012. While occasional use of video games is harmless and may even help with some disorders like autism, doctors said in extreme cases it can interfere with day-to-day necessities like working, showering or even eating.”
A report, that sadly I can’t find again, cited staying in room, being disrepectful to parents, and general angst as good reasons to consider gaming a disorder. Really??? Sounds like normal youth behaviour to me.
Good background report here