Online gaming and gaming disorder: more than just a trivial pursuit (2019)

Ir J Psychol Med. 2019 Aug 1:1-7. doi: 10.1017/ipm.2019.31.

Columb D1, Griffiths MD2, O’Gara C1.


Gaming disorder is set to be included in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems alongside other behavioural addictions (gambling disorder) and substance-related addictions. Given the popularity of online gaming, this is set to become an increasingly common presentation to general mental health professionals, addiction specialists, and general practitioners. This article briefly examines online gaming and describes the characteristics of gaming disorder. Some features of online gaming that have addictive potential and similarities to other addictive behaviours such as gambling disorder are discussed. Finally, the article examines treatment options available for gaming disorder and treatment going forward from an Irish perspective.

KEYWORDS: Gaming disorder; Ireland; behavioural addiction; esports; loot boxes; micro-transactions; online gaming

PMID: 31366420

DOI: 10.1017/ipm.2019.31