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World Health Organization adds 'gaming disorder' to 2018 mental health conditions

29 December 2017, 01:00 | Violet Powell

Gaming disorder to be named a mental health condition for the first time

Two young men playing video game in dorm room side view

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made another step forward in formalizing the concept of video game addiction.

In a draft of WHO's 11th update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), gaming disorder has been included in the category of "mental, behavioural or neurodevelopmental disorders".

Notable traits include patients prioritising gaming over "life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences".

Compulsive video gaming is a modern-day psychological disorder which the World Health Organization describes as a "persistent or recurrent" behaviour pattern of "sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning".

He described the ICD as the "basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally and the global standard for reporting diseases and health conditions" that is used by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions.

The symptoms of "gaming disorder" are actually not all that different from a more traditional substance abuse disorder, save for the hangovers and physical withdrawals.




The behavior is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior. For that to occur, gaming behavior should normally be evident over the course of a year, but that duration can be shortened "if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe".

"Can't believe they're trying to make "gaming disorder" a mental health condition LOL", he tweeted.

The rules are there to avoid addictive behavior.

Because to this, the W.H.O. will seemingly be officially recognizing Gaming Disorder as a medical condition in the coming year. "We've also seen gaming addiction leading to sleep disturbances, poor eating, irritability and loss of productivity", he said.

Video games have their place, but Prince limits them because she wants her boys to be active.

The revised version of the manual is slated to appear in 2018 and is expected to classify addiction to video games as a separate condition called "gaming disorder".



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