Addictive temptations

Abstract

This editorial provides an overview of the addictive temptations. The preliminary diagnosis of "Internet Gaming Disorder," is described as "persistent and recurrent use of the Internet to engage in games, often with other players, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress" as indicated by at least 5 of 9 criteria, reflecting extensive preoccupation with and excessive use of Internet games, to the detriment of social relationships and occupational success. In DSM-5 Section III, under Internet Gaming Disorder, a note specifies that "this disorder is distinct from Internet gambling, which is included under gambling disorder." And, interestingly, Gambling Disorder is classified in DSM-5 as the only Non-Substance-Related Disorder in the section on Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, a change from its DSM-IV-TR designation as Pathological Gambling in the section on Impulse Disorders Not Elsewhere Classified. The author explains that he doesn't think it's a black and white issue, since some gambling patterns reflect driven compulsions while others may represent impulsive loss of control.

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