For the first time, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) introduces non- substance addictions as psychiatric diagnoses. The aims of this paper are to (i) present the main controversies surrounding the decision to include internet gaming disorder, but not internet addiction more globally, as a non-substance addiction in the research appendix of the DSM-5, and (ii) discuss the meaning behind the DSM-5 criteria for internet gaming disorder.


Like it or not, computer and internet use is firmly cemented in our social structure. There are many advantages to these technological advancements including the revolution of how our children are educated, accessing information, learning and communicating.

Dr. Philip Tam regularly gives workshops and presentations about Problematic Internet Use and practical advice on its treatment, to both a general and a professional audience. These have been very well-received, and you can view Dr. Tam developing some of his key points by visiting the following video links.

The objective of this study was to develop diagnostic criteria for internet addiction disorder (IAD) and to evaluate the validity of our proposed diagnostic criteria for discriminating non-dependent from dependent internet use in the general population.

There is growing concern about excessive Internet use and whether this can amount to an addiction. In researching this topic, a valid and reliable assessment instrument is essential. In her survey of Internet addiction, Young designed the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), which provides a basis for developments.

Internet addiction appears to be a common disorder that merits inclusion in DSM-V. Conceptually, the diagnosis is a compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder that involves online and/or offline computer usage and consists of at least three subtypes: excessive gaming, sexual preoccupations, and e-mail/text messaging.

When children are young their imaginations, their minds, are staved for stimulation; through advancements in technology and psychology, game companies have been able to take full advantage of this.

Problematic Internet addiction or excessive Internet use is characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges, or behaviors regarding computer use and Internet access that lead to impairment or distress. Currently, there is no recognition of internet addiction within the spectrum of addictive disorders and, therefore, no corresponding diagnosis.

The Internet provides creative writers with many opportunities: instant access to information on the craft and business of writing; research opportunities; social networking; and electronic publishing. But it also brings challenges, and risks encroaching on the creative process.

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