What every patient needs to know about gaming disorder

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What every patient needs to know about gaming disorder

June 28, 2018

Reader's Digest interviews Dr. Andrew Saxon in psychiatry,

Reader's Digest reports that gaming disorder has to be evident for at least 12 months. It can’t just be a few hours or few days. Since it’s a clinical condition, the clinical diagnosis of a gaming disorder can only be made by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. “Most other healthcare professionals will not have the knowledge or training to do it,” Andrew J. Saxon, MD, a professor and director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program at University of Washington School of Medicine, told the publication.

Saxon said excessive gaming can also mask mental health issues: “Most people who actually meet the diagnostic criteria for gaming disorder also have other psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” he said. Video games give these users a social outlet so that they don’t have to leave their house.