CHICAGO - The telltale signs are ominous: teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars.
The culprit isn’t alcohol or drugs. It’s video games, which for certain kids can be as powerfully addictive as heroin, some doctors contend.
A leading council of the nation’s largest doctors’ group wants to have this behavior officially classified as a psychiatric disorder, to raise awareness and enable sufferers to get insurance coverage for treatment.
Are these doctors seriously running out of disorders to debate about?
I mean, yeah the games are sometimes very addicting, but it doesn't mean it should be considered a disorder. I seem to laugh at it right now, but some parents are really concerned about their children. Those parents take drastic actions, such as, taking their child to a psychiatrist, to see if they have a social life problem and all kinds of things. No offense to any parents reading this (if there are any) just leave your child be, unless the kid plays more than 3 hours each day on the computer or on the TV, after that just talk to them, no need for paid pep talks with a person the child doesn't even know.Saying that it's just like heroin and cocaine? Seriously, playing video games is like going outside to "hangout" with your friends, except just by yourself. I was addicted to World of Warcraft, but I soon grew out of it and now I stopped playing Warcraft for about 4 months now. From what I believe, just leave the child be, until he or she gets bored of it. That's how I got out of my addiction.