Video Game Addiction Classified As A Disorder By World Health Organization


In spite of what may appear to be universal symptoms, however, the organization is quick to note that the prevalence of gaming disorder, as defined by the WHO, is actually "very low".

He guessed that the percentage of video game players with a compulsive problem was likely to be extremely small - much less than 1 percent - and that many such people would likely have other underlying problems, like depression, bipolar disorder or autism.

In other words, if excessive gaming is having a continual and sustained negative effect on the rest of your life, then you're suffering from gaming disorder.

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The third feature is when the behavior impacts in other areas of someone's life, which can include "disturbed sleep patterns, like diet problems, like a deficiency in the physical activity". However, the DSM falls short of declaring gaming addiction a legitimate disorder.

Back when ICD-11's draft version was released in December, the trade group Entertainment Software Association criticized the inclusion of 'gaming disorder, ' stating that it "recklessly trivializes real mental health issues".

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized gaming disorder as a new mental health condition. In the United Kingdom, the country's National Health Service has now started offering free treatment for those experiencing the disorder, though exactly what treatment would be most effective is still under discussion. These games are commonly played on electronic and video devices. That was released in 2013, and the APA is yet to say whether it intends to change its position come the next iteration of the Manual.

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"The studies suggest that when these individuals are engrossed in Internet games, certain pathways in their brains are triggered in the same direct and intense way that a drug addict's brain is affected by a particular substance", the association said in that statement. The World Health Organization says classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will "serve a public health objective for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue". "It is concerning to see the "gaming disorder" proposal in this draft despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community". The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive.

Doctors won't necessarily start diagnosing using these definitions right away. The latest edition also has a new chapter on traditional medicine. While mental health practitioners are one key audience, the document is also instrumental among health insurers, who use its classifications to decide on reimbursement and more. Among its purposes is to move "gender incongruence" from its previous listing under mental health conditions.

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