Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) Proposed Criteria

Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD)

APA proposed criteria (Released 2013)

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association included the following proposed criterion in the section of the DSM-5 manual known as “Conditions for Further Study," describing Internet gaming disorder as a “Persistent and recurrent use of the Internet to engage in games, often with other players, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress…”

The general criteria for Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) include:

  • WITHDRAWAL as INDICATED by symptoms of irritability, anxiety, or sadness
  • TOLERANCE as evidenced by increasing amount, level, type of use to achieve satisfaction
  • UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL, stop or change the behavior
  • LOSS OF INTEREST, previous hobbies, entertainment as a direct result of, and with the exception of, Internet use
  • CONTINUED USE despite psycho-social/physical problems likely to have been caused or exacerbated by use
  • DECEIVING or LYING TO OTHERS regarding the amount of time engaged in Internet or Video gaming
  • USES THE INTERNET TO ESCAPE or relieve a negative or dysphoric mood (e.g. feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, stress, worries)

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