Your other “hypothetical” example was equally ludicrous. If I found out that my Doctor was a “WoW Addict,” we would have something to talk about. He also wouldn’t be legitimately addicted if he managed to show up to his office without shaking uncontrollably, flinching, or displaying some other physical symptom of dependency. An “Addict,” by definition, is someone who becomes physiologically dependent on a substance or activity to maintain some physical state of normality to the point of being unable to continue his or her everyday life without its presence. For these reasons, the APA declined to list “video game addiction” as a full-fledged addiction in the latest edition of its DSM text.