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The most effective treatments seem to be, as with other addictions and dependencies, a combination of psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and twelve-step programs.
Online Gamers Anonymous, an American non-profit organization formed in 2002, is a twelve-step, self-help, support and recovery organization for gamers and their loved ones who are suffering from the adverse effects of excessive computer gaming.
Karen Pierce, a psychiatrist at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital, sees no need for a specific gaming addiction diagnosis.But, APA's 9 criteria for diagnosing Internet gaming disorder were made by taking point of departure in 8 different diagnostic/measuring tools proposed in other studies.Thus, APA's criteria attempt to condense the scientific work on diagnosing Internet gaming disorder.This decision was based upon the large number of studies of this condition and the severity of its consequences. Because of the distinguishing features and increased risks of clinically significant problems associated with gaming in particular, the Workgroup recommended the inclusion of only internet gaming disorder in Section 3 of the DSM-5.Excessive use of video games may have some or all of the symptoms of drug addiction or other proposed psychological addictions.
CGAA groups hold meetings in several cities around the world and hold voice meetings online.