[Self-Test] Am I Addicted to Video Games?
Take this self-test to see if you may be showing signs of video game addiction.
Are video games taking over your life?
Video game addiction is characterized by excessive, out-of-control gaming that causes problems in a person’s life and impacts multiple areas of functioning. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes this condition as “gaming disorder.” In the U.S., gaming addiction is conceptualized as “internet gaming disorder” in the DSM-5.
Compared to other age groups, young adults are at greater risk for video game addiction.1 Disordered gaming is also associated with other mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).2
If you are concerned about your behaviors around gaming, answer the questions below and share your results with a licensed mental health professional.
This self-test was adapted from criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and in the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision. It is designed to screen for the possibility of gaming disorder, and it is intended for personal use only. This test is not intended as a diagnostic tool.
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Am I Addicted to Video Games? Next Steps
- Read: Never Enough? Why ADHD Brains Crave Stimulation
- Read: “Inside Video Games, the World Makes Sense.”
- Watch: Addictive Technology and Its Impact on Our Brains
View Article Sources
1 Stockdale, L., & Coyne, S. M. (2018). Video game addiction in emerging adulthood: Cross-sectional evidence of pathology in video game addicts as compared to matched healthy controls. Journal of affective disorders, 225, 265–272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.045
2 González-Bueso, V., Santamaría, J. J., Fernández, D., Merino, L., Montero, E., & Ribas, J. (2018). Association between Internet Gaming Disorder or Pathological Video-Game Use and Comorbid Psychopathology: A Comprehensive Review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(4), 668. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040668