Online gaming and gaming disorder: more than just a trivial pursuit

Columb, D., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and O'Gara, C., 2022. Online gaming and gaming disorder: more than just a trivial pursuit. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 39 (1), pp. 1-7. ISSN 0790-9667

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Gaming disorder is set to be included in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems alongside other behavioural addictions (gambling disorder) and substance-related addictions. Given the popularity of online gaming, this is set to become an increasingly common presentation to general mental health professionals, addiction specialists, and general practitioners. This article briefly examines online gaming and describes the characteristics of gaming disorder. Some features of online gaming that have addictive potential and similarities to other addictive behaviours such as gambling disorder are discussed. Finally, the article examines treatment options available for gaming disorder and treatment going forward from an Irish perspective.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine
Creators: Columb, D., Griffiths, M.D. and O'Gara, C.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: March 2022
Volume: 39
Number: 1
ISSN: 0790-9667
Rights: © College of Psychiatrists of Ireland 2019.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Sep 2019 11:10
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 12:26

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