What are the signs?
According to Dr. Poznyak, there are three distinct behaviors that parents should look out for in persistent gamers who have been playing for at least a year, not just mere days or months.
"One is that the gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities to the extent that other activities are taken to the periphery," he said.
The second factor has to do with impulse control — or lack thereof: "Even when the negative consequences occur, this behavior continues or escalates."
And finally, your child may exhibit signs of a gaming disorder if they get visibly agitated or stressed out if they go for a period without playing.