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Gaming addiction classed as mental disorder

Gaming Addiction Is Now An Official Mental Health Disorder Gaming disorder could soon be treated in public health sector
Ben Pena | 19 June, 2018, 12:58

The move to classify gaming addiction as a mental health condition will allow better treatment for those who are affected by video games in this way.

In its latest revision to an worldwide disease classification manual, the United Nations health agency said Monday that classifying "gaming disorder" as a separate condition will "serve a public health objective for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue".

The formal designation of "gaming disorder" within WHO's International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was welcomed by some groups as helpful to sufferers.

Additionally, WHO lists both online and offline gaming as a disorder, but the former can be an enriching experience as users can forge friendships and even romantic relationships through multiplayer games.

The amount of time spent on these activities.

Screen time isn't recommended at all for kids who are 18 months or younger, but for children who are older than that up to five, it's generally recommended that they have not more than one hour of screen time, she says.

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The goal of including gaming disorder in the ICD is, in part, to bring more attention to the issue and raise the visibility of treatments for those seeking help for excessive video game playing, World Health Organization said.

An estimated 1% to 5% of young people in Western countries have some form of it, according to a 2017 review in the Journal of Behavior Addictions, but studies vary in how they define gaming disorder in the first place.

The video gaming industry is fighting back against WHO's decision, calling their ruling flawed and likely to cause confusion and undue concern.

The wording of the new entries has been known since January, when the World Health Organization announced problem gaming would be recognised as a pathological condition. Thus, the inclusion for the first time of traditional medicine is a way of recording epidemiological data about disorders described in ancient Chinese medicine, commonly used in China, Japan, Korea, and other parts of the world. "It could take 6-8 weeks of intense cognitive therapy during which they are taught how to handle the craving for playing games, how to counter discomfort, if not gaming what else they can do", he said.

Addiction to video games is officially a mental health condition now.

'Video gaming is like a non-financial kind of gambling from a psychological point of view, ' said Griffiths, a distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University.

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