As computers and gaming consoles continue to become more sophisticated, video games and gaming have grown wildly popular among the general population. According to the Pew Research Center, 49% of adults play video games on either a computer, television, game console or portable devices like a mobile phone or tablet.

Video game addiction is not yet recognized by The American Psychiatric Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5). However, many behavioral and mental health professionals define video game addiction as a compulsive, detrimental behavior characterized by excessive gameplay and disturbances in normal life functioning.

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a video game addiction, the related topics below can help you learn more about the condition and seek treatment if it’s needed.