Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Video game addiction officially added to World Health Organization disease list

Video gaming is described as 'a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour' Video gaming is described as 'a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour'
Johnnie Parks | 21 June, 2018, 16:44

WHO will now notify governments around the world that they will be expected to incorporate "gaming disorder" into their health systems, although some critics are skeptical about how many resources the NHS will devote to the problem, says The Daily Telegraph.

As per the latest version which is to release (ICD 11), gaming addiction has been deemed a mental health disorder based on a few select characteristics.

The WHO also classifies something it calls "hazardous gaming," which they say "refers to a pattern of gaming, either online or offline that appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to the individual or to others around this individual".

The ICD-11 defines gaming disorder as a pattern of gaming behaviour - "digital-gaming" or "video-gaming".

Much like any other kind of addiction, they find it impossible to resist the urge to play games or to stop after they have been playing for more than what many would consider being a healthy period of time.

Assistant Manager John Rairdin believes people can become addicted to about anything. Homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder in 1948, but was removed from the ICD in the 1970s.

The AP notes that The American Psychiatric Association still does not label Gaming Disorder as a mental health condition.

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Saxena added that some of the worst cases recorded included young people spending "20 hours a day" on gaming and that it takes precedence over life's other necessities such as "sleep, exercise, and food".

However, the DSM falls short of declaring gaming addiction a legitimate disorder.

So the World Health Organization puts "gaming disorder" on a list. "The intention is to reduce barriers to care", says Geoffrey Reed, a psychologist who is coordinating the mental health and behavior disorders section in the new edition of the I.C.D. He adds that the organization followed "the trends, the developments, which have taken place in populations and in the professional field".

"They keep doing that despite knowing that there are complications and things going wrong in their life as a result of the gaming". Then, clinicians can recommend a new game to guide a gamer toward more healthy behavior.

"My nephew gets stuck on it, and he does it all night long", one person said about their relative's video game habits. The video game industry is also a financial powerhouse, releasing popular new multiplayer games like Fortnite and drawing millions of players each month.

Joan Harvey explained that the designation of a "gaming disorder" might panic parents in the wrong way.

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