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Internet Gaming and Addiction

Internet Gaming and Addiction

By Jack Kuo, MD

1.5 CEs

Most people know of it, but how much do you know about it? In this Addiction Course you will learn the compelling forces behind Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) and the neuroscience that is affected by excessive play. You’ll discover the psycho-social factors of play that are promoted by the gaming industry and can lead to maladaptive behaviors by users. You’ll learn the proposed criteria for defining on-line gaming dependence and learn about treatment programs available in the U.S. and around the World. This is an intermediate course presented by Dr. Kuo is intended for practicing clinicians.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the extent to which "videogame addiction" conforms to currently accepted scientific definitions of addiction
  2. Describe the epidemiology of "videogame addiction"
  3. Outline existing and suggested modalities for treatment of "videogame addiction"
  4. Debate the evidence-based support for inclusion of “videogame addiction” as a formal diagnosis
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