After a committee of psychiatrists suggested that playing video games too much could be mental illness, the American Medical Association (AMA) decided to debate the issue. However, the doctors and other experts strongly doubted that playing video games too much could be hazardous to a person's mental well-being. To read the full story, click here.
Some of them experts probably have WoW installed and currently they are in their denial phase :P
Hey, that was MY line there >:(
At what point does common sense kick in and people realize that too much of ANYTHING is not going to be good for you. Remember that poor kid who died after playing StarCraft for 50 hours. He was 28 years old.
The first person to die playing a videogame did so playing Berzerk in 1981.
And MMORPG players of the world rejoice!
(Well, they would if they could pull themselves away from their screens, that is.)
Playing video games too much might cut you off from the outside world, but at least you won't go crazy.
(Edited by Indra was here (15465), Jun 27, 2007)Re: Video game addiction not a mental illness
Indra was here (15465), Jun 27, 2007
Are these the same dudes that state that being obese is a disease, thus qualifies for health insurance? Wow, eat 12 Big Macs a day and still get a free electric wheelchair!
Too bad, Chirinea. You could've been a formal psychiatrist for addicted gamers addicted to Mobygames!
"Too bad, Chirinea. You could've been a formal psychiatrist for addicted gamers addicted to Mobygames!"
Chirinea vanished unexpectedly and キリネア took his place. Shortly before that, Iggy morphed into a Brazilian Indie rock musician. Peculiar goings-on!
Mobygames approvers have odd citizenship and relocation disorder problems. Look at Oleg for example :)
Has anyone ever considered that playing videogames obsessively might be a symptom of a mental illness and not the cause?
Not really, sir. I did some minor studying on mental health when coping with depression. Apparently, everyone has mental illness to some degree. Being too optimistic or pessimistic, for example may be defined by science as a mental illness. It's just a matter of how many fluids in your brain go in which direction (a little more complex than that of course).
Everyone in existence has a screw loose or mismatched wires in their brains. Not everyone realizes that, not everyone cares. Mental illness as we know it are usually such that are a minority versus public insanity.
If everyone was insane and you were sane. You would be the one dubbed crazy.
(Edited by Maw (849), Jun 28, 2007)Re: Video game addiction not a mental illness
Maw (849), Jun 28, 2007
"You're not crazy, kids. THE WORLD is!"
I was just saying I think people might be getting things mixed up. A person with obsessive compulsive disorder might wash his hands every five minutes, but he doesn't have obsessive compulsive disorder because he washes his hands every five minutes, if you understand what I'm saying...
(Edited by DJP Mom (11121), Jun 28, 2007)Re: Video game addiction not a mental illness
DJP Mom (11121), Jun 28, 2007
Is I read it, no one is claiming that video gaming is the cause of mental illness, but that excessive gaming/gaming addiction is the illness.
DJP Mom Wrote:
Heh, these are unrelated cases, really. Besides, it is a well known fact that Iggy isn't Swede.
Well, I know you called me a psychiatrist 'cause you can't spell psychologist, but that's ok, heh. =P
Anyway, I'm glad they backed up the decision of including that in DSM V. Even if the manual clearly states that a disorder is just a disorder when it 'causes personal and social distress, once the thing is there, the number of people with a possible diagnostic certainly raises. If a particular behavior doesn't interfere that much in the person's life, you can't consider it a disorder. That's why we MobyGamers are all sane, MobyGames actually improve our personal and social life!
Now, if you excuse me, I have to take my medicine...
*MOMMY, I'M NOT CRAZY!*
The way I read it, they didn't so much rule that video game addiction isn't an illness so much as it isn't sufficiently distinct from other addictive behaviors as to desrve its own diagnosis. It's essentially the same thing as other addictions as there's no need to pad out the list. The DSM-V authors aren't getting paid by the page.
(Edited by chirinea (31389), Jun 28, 2007)Re: Video game addiction not a mental illness
chirinea (31389), Jun 28, 2007
Indra forgot to close his italics tag, it seems. Here, done.
MOMMY, THEY SAID I'M CRAZY!
I'm very much opposed to this. How am I supposed to file for disability assistance if my predisposition to excessive gaming does not qualify as a mental illness? There goes the free MMO subscription money.*
Good point, mate. We gamers may should start acting mentally ill. Maybe that will change the verdict....
...or get our kids (for those who have) even more beat-up at school. Hahaha.
i love feet, and i only buy games which have foot #### in them , i have a foot ###### and i like to suck toes and be dominated by anyones feet and i like to lick their shoes and be their foot slave , i love you plz tlk with me online
i only buy games which have foot #### in them
It's always been a small but lively corner of the specialty gamer market.
Only one? Poor guy
So a soldier returns to his home village and marries his sweetheart. After the wedding they retire to a bridal chamber in a building adjacent to her mother's house. The bride, an anxious and inexperienced virgin, comes rushing out and seeks out her mother. Mama, mama, he got hairy arms like a gorilla! Don't you mind, says mama, men are like that, they got hairy arms. Now go back in there and attend to your husband!
Some time passes, and then the bride rushes out again all in a fluster. Her man has undressed further and she is shocked by the prodigious quantities of hair on his LEGS. This is normal, mama says, don't be worried. Go on, you know the birds and the bees. I don't want to see you again until this marriage has been consummated! So back in she goes.
It turns out that while he was in his country's service this soldier lost several toes to an exploding land mine. His new wife discovers this as he removes his shoes and socks; it's just too weird for her and she huffs out seeking advice regarding how to proceed. Will this condition be passed on to her children? Mama, mama, my husband has a foot and a half!
A foot and a half? Stand aside, this a job for your mama!
Am I the only dude this guy PM-ed about his foot fetish? Sheeesh. Evolution sure does have its weird moments...
Let me fill you in with what Mr. Something Wrong with my Brain and Feet, said:
i fink we should all go mentally ill to , but i think we should suck each others toes and dominate me and foot wank me , ill do anything for you , i love all feet , i have a foot ######
This is more freaky when I was being stalked by a satanist....:p and more disgusting. Would love to step on his toes one day :)
How appropriate this is in the mental illness thread.