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Video game addiction a mental illness?


It may seem an obvious diagnosis for parents, but video games might not actually be addictive, the American Medical Association says.

A report recommending that internet and video gaming addiction be considered a mental disorder was watered down after a heated debate broke out among delegates at the association's annual convention in Chicago.

Some questioned whether there was enough scientific evidence to support claims that excessive game playing is similar to pathological gambling.

Others insisted on more study before advising that parents include video games in a recommended one- to two-hour limit on "screen time."

The report, prepared for the nation's largest doctors group, cited a wealth of studies showing the harm caused by excessive gaming.

It has been linked to increased aggressive and violent behavior.

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