A brief overview of Internet Gaming Disorder and its treatment

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X and Pontes, H.M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623, 2016. A brief overview of Internet Gaming Disorder and its treatment. Australian Clinical Psychologist, 2 (1), p. 20108. ISSN 2204-4981

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In the latest (fifth) edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) was included in Section 3 (‘Emerging Measures and Models’) as a promising area that needed future research before being formally included in the DSM. This paper provides a brief overview of IGD and its treatment. There are now over 20 different screens for assessing problematic gaming although very few studies have used nationally representative samples. The prevalence rates in these studies have ranged from 1.2% to 8.5% depending upon country and screening instrument used. Although IGD is not yet an officially recognized disorder, there have been a number of treatment studies although many of these do not distinguish between Internet Use Disorder and IGD. In terms of psychological treatments for IGD, cognitive-behavioural therapy appears to be the most widely used. It is concluded that standardized and comprehensive methods of diagnosis are at present lacking, and that further research into IGD is needed from clinical, epidemiological, and neurobiological aspects of IGD.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Australian Clinical Psychologist
Creators: Griffiths, M.D., Kuss, D.J. and Pontes, H.M.
Publisher: The Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Date: 30 June 2016
Volume: 2
Number: 1
ISSN: 2204-4981
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Sep 2016 14:05
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 13:34
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28396

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