Issues raised by the DSM-5 internet gaming disorder classification and proposed diagnostic criteria

Nicole Andrea Dowling

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Significant variability in the classification and assessment of internet gaming disorder (IGD) has resulted in inconsistent evidence relating to its phenomenology, prevalence, cross-cultural application, course, biomarkers and treatment [1,2]. Petry and colleagues [3] have made an important contribution to research and practice by standardizing the diagnostic criteria for this disorder, which is included as a condition for further study in the DSM-5 [4]. It is likely that these developments will stimulate a more consistent evidence base and enhance diagnosis, prognosis, treatment opportunities, prevention efforts and industry regulation [5]. Although timely, given global rises in access and interaction with increasingly pervasive digital technologies, these developments raise several issues
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1408 - 1409
Number of pages2
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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