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ESA Issues Statement On WHO "Gaming Disorder" Diagnosis

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Ben Pena | 20 June, 2018, 22:29

Playing video games like the popular Fortnite Game is fun for most, but a new classification by the World Health Organization shows that for some gaming too much may be addictive and can actually be listed as a mental health condition.

The World Health Organization has officially added gaming disorder to its International Classification of Diseases.

The classification of gaming disorder as a diagnosable condition, gives mental health professionals, a basis for setting up treatment and identifying risks for the addictive behaviour. From there gaming addicts will supposedly exhibit "impaired control of these behaviors even when the negative consequences occur, this behavior continues or escalates". The number of people this might affect would be a very small percentage of people who play games.

In the United States, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has already included gaming disorders in its latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Much like gambling addiction, gaming addiction has similar traits with people giving ever-more time to gaming and the pursuit of achievements and awards at the expense of other activities. Those experts, who published an article in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, said that there has not been enough research done to establish it as its own condition, and that the definition of gaming disorder is not consistent. There's a difference between just enjoying playing video games and being addicted, mind; in fact, there are three primary criteria by which it's judged.

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These things clearly take a lot of time and consideration; this is the 11th revision of the manual, and the 10th revision was approved way back in 1992.

The UN health agency yesterday released its latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases.

A new chapter also has been added on traditional medicine. The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

Last year, a study from almost 30 academics opposed the gaming disorder classification, saying their addiction was best viewed as a coping mechanism associated with underlying problems such as anxiety or depression. Anthony Bean, a psychologist and executive director of a non-profit mental health clinic, believes the move is premature.

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