ICNC Abstracts, ICNC 2018

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Prevalence of internet gaming disorder in patients in the age group 5-12 years presenting to the outpatient department of a tertiary care hospital in Delhi
Meenakshi Bhatt, Rachna Sehgal, Aditi Tiwari

Last modified: 2018-09-09


Internet Gaming Disorder is a condition that has been labelled as a ‘condition for further study’ by the American Psychiatry Association in DSM-V. it has been recommended that further studies be conducted to understand this disorder better. DSM-V defines this condition as ‘persistent and recurrent use of the Internet to engage in games, often with other players, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress’.

The prevalence of this disorder has been found to be highest in 12-20-year-old males. Risk factors include long periods of time spent in gaming and impulsive behaviour. Affected individuals play compulsively, neglecting all other interests, and suffer from significant disruption of normal academic schedules. If they cannot access gaming, they have withdrawal symptoms.

The majority of studies on this entity have been done in adolescents and young adults. Also, there is little data on this disorder in Indian patients.

The study was a prospective study among children within the age group of 5-14 years presenting to the outpatient department of VMMC. Demographic data was collected and the questionnaire for IGD was administered. Children with intellectual disability were excluded. To the best of our knowledge this is one of the first studies on IGD among Indian children.


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