A proposal this past Sunday that would have made gaming addiction an actual disorder was shut down at the American Medical Associations annual meeting. “There is nothing here to suggest that this is a complex physiological disease state akin to alcoholism or other substance abuse disorders, and it doesn’t get to have the word addiction attached to it,” said Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
If gaming addiction was added as a real disorder, it would give insurance companies the opportunity to cover treatment for the addiction. Doctors say that if evidence proves more viable in the future, they might consider it for the next disorder booklet, to be published in 2012. Only in extreme cases does it interfere with day-to-day life. Yeah, tell that to some of the WoW players I’ve talked too. — Andrew Dobrow