Video game addiction a psychiatric disorder: U.S. doctors

Classification would force insurers to cover treatment costs
||Last Updated: 07/05/2007

A group of doctors in the United States wants to officially classify video game addiction as a psychiatric illness.

By giving the addiction official status in the medical field, sufferers would be eligible to receive insurance coverage for treatment.

The American Medical Association's council on science and public health wants the AMA to lobby for the disorder to be included in the American Psychiatric Association's mental illness manual.