Addiction experts say video games not an addiction

  • Chicago (IL) - 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.

    Addiction experts also strongly opposed the idea at a debate at the American Medical Association's annual meeting.  They said more study is needed before excessive use of video and online games -- a problem that affects about 10 percent of players -- could be considered a mental illness.

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