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June 27, 2007

AMA Seeks More Study of Game Addiction Diagnosis

The American Medical Association has backed off from declaring that excessive video game playing is an addiction.  While there is plenty o empirical data out there suggesting that games can be addictive, there hasn't been enough scientific study to make the case.  At least not yet.  The AMA noted that excessive game playing could be problematic for some individuals.  They urged the American Psychiatric Association to consider their view and any research to be conducted as to whether this addiction should be listed in the next edition of the diagnostic manual.  That volume is not expected for 5 years. 

See the story in the Washington Post for more details.

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