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      An international consensus for assessing internet gaming disorder using the new DSM-5 approach.

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          For the first time, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) introduces non-substance addictions as psychiatric diagnoses. The aims of this paper are to (i) present the main controversies surrounding the decision to include internet gaming disorder, but not internet addiction more globally, as a non-substance addiction in the research appendix of the DSM-5, and (ii) discuss the meaning behind the DSM-5 criteria for internet gaming disorder. The paper also proposes a common method for assessing internet gaming disorder. Although the need for common diagnostic criteria is not debated, the existence of multiple instruments reflect the divergence of opinions in the field regarding how best to diagnose this condition.

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          Journal
          Addiction
          Addiction (Abingdon, England)
          Wiley
          1360-0443
          0965-2140
          Sep 2014
          : 109
          : 9
          Affiliations
          [1 ] University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
          Article
          10.1111/add.12457
          24456155
          0b31d9b9-5e07-48c2-b82f-b8c885d2fd45
          © 2014 Society for the Study of Addiction.
          History

          Addiction,DSM-5,behavioral addiction,diagnosis,gaming,internet gaming

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