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Internet Gaming Disorder: A Condition for Further Study

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 8/15/2019

Expiration Date: 8/15/2022

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 0.5
  • Participation: 0.5



Internet Gaming Disorder is an emerging serious epidemiologic problem that affects 3-8% of the world's population, with 8.4% of people under the age of 18 being affected in the United States. It is a new and serious mental health disorder, significantly impairing professional performance, academic achievement, and relationships. Diagnostic criteria are still being debated, and few mental health practitioners are trained in the accurate diagnosis & treatment of IGD (which is not recognized by the DSM). The presentation will outline the history and prevalence of IGD, its multiple common comorbidites, and pharmacologic treatments.


  • General Member - $7.50
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - $7.50
  • Non-Member - $15.00

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the history and epidemiology of Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD)
  • Apply diagnostic criteria to diagnose patients with IGD
  • Distinguish at-risk patients, and understand common comorbidities that may mask IGD
  • Consider the most evidence-based treatments to patients with IGD
  • Support and provide basic counseling to family members around setting boundaries with children with IGD

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: August 15, 2019
End Date: August 15, 2022

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 70% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Alok Kanojia, M.D., M.P.H, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Ally Brown, Senior Program Manager Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Sejal Patel, Senior Program Manager, Division of Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Reviewers

  • Benjamin Silverman, M.D., Senior Consultant, iRewardHealth, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts.

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Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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