Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Video gaming addiction is now a mental disorder, says WHO

WHO declares compulsive video gaming a mental disorder WHO classifies compulsive video game playing as a mental health condition | TheHill
Ben Pena | 21 June, 2018, 16:44

In its new draft on the International Classification of Diseases manual released yesterday, the World Health Organization has now classified excessive compulsive gaming as a disorder.

Dr Bowden-Jones said gaming addictions were usually best treated with psychological therapies, but that some medicines might also work.

Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

About gaming disorder, the World Health Organization says it affects only a "small proportion of people", and that the characteristics denoting the condition must be present in someone for at least 12 months before it can be officially diagnosed as a disorder.

Watching as video games ensnare their children, many parents have grumbled about "digital heroin", likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances.

Video games across all kinds of genres, devices and platforms are enjoyed safely and sensibly by more than 2 billion people worldwide, with the educational, therapeutic, and recreational value of games being well-founded and widely recognised.

Up until now, it had been classified as a mental health disorder.

In the United States and in some European countries, ICD-11 and its classification of diseases is used for allocating insurance premiums and expenses.

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The games industry is not hugely pleased by the recognition of gaming disorder.

"One is that the gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities to the extent that other activities are taken to the periphery", Poznyak said.

The inclusion lets health officials be on the lookout of gaming disorder, then provide help to people who are diagnosed with this condition. "It is concerning to see the "gaming disorder" proposal in this draft despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community".

According to the World Health Organization, the disorder can be either online or offline, and typically evident over a period of twelve months. All this could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour. Are you concerned they have compulsive habits?

"You have these short, obsessive bursts and yes, people are playing a lot, but it's not an addiction", he said.

But just because they play video games regularly doesn't mean they have a problem.

"I think in the modern era, and how kids interact with their friends, it's no different than going out and playing out with them", Rairdin said.

The designation may "help legitimise worries about video game fans who neglect other parts of their lives" and make gamers more willing to seek treatment, says the U.S. newspaper.

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