Gaming addiction classed as mental disorder

20 June, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Angelica Greene

The World Health Organisation has released its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

On Monday "gaming disorder" appeared in a new draft of the World Health Organization " s International Classification of Diseases.

The third is that the condition leads to significant distress and impairment in personal, family, social, educational or occupational functioning.

World Health Organization defines gaming disorder as a pattern of gaming behavior ("digital-gaming" or "video-gaming") characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite occurrence of negative consequences.

Parents: In addition to the talk about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse that you'll have with your children, you may need to add video gaming to that same list.

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That doesn't surprise Daniel Kaufmann, a professor at Grand Canyon University who has done research on video game addiction and has offered treatment for it.

Video games are one of the most fun yet dangerously mesmerizing pleasures of our time.

Maybe more consumers will push back against video game makers who design their products to be addictive with the same sort of uproar we've seen about tobacco and opioids. Because the United Kingdom has a public health system that follows these guidelines, the National Health Service in Britain might now treat gaming disorder. People with gaming disorder increasingly prioritize gaming over other activities, even when that could yield negative consequences.

The WHO writes: "Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities".

The ICD 11 also introduced the related condition of Hazardous gaming.

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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.

So what is gaming disorder?

And yet, that hasn't spotted the larger game industry from coming forward to criticize the diagnosis.

Others welcomed WHO's new classification, saying it was critical to identify people hooked on video games quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who don't seek help themselves. The ICD is also used by health insurers in some countries to claim reimbursements based on ICD coding.

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