World Organization To List VideoGaming Addiction As Mental Health Issue

Joy Montgomery
January 6, 2018

The guide is used by doctors and researchers and advises that "abnormal gaming behaviour" should be shown for 12 months at least "for a diagnosis to be assigned". "The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning".

In no part of the description is it established what makes gaming disorder unique from other activities where the same criteria could be applied such as sports or board games.

'Gaming disorder" is now listed next to "gambling disorder" under "disorders due to addictive behaviours", and the criteria for diagnosis include "impaired control over gaming", piorritising gaming "over other life interests and daily activities", and "continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences'. "Disorders due to addictive behaviors include gambling disorder and gaming disorder, which may involve both online and offline behaviour". WHO is an organisation recognised by more than 100 countries around the world, including Japan, UK, US, China and Germany. The WHO Nomenclature Regulations, adopted in 1967, stipulated that Member States use the most current ICD revision for mortality and morbidity statistics.

Each existing and new entry carries a lot of weight.

Internet gaming disorder is "totally different" from the gaming disorder proposed by World Health Organization, said Ferguson, and this "reflects the confusion".

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Does everyone who plays video games have a gaming addiction? Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than two billion people around the world enjoy video games. "However, in certain circumstances, overuse can lead to adverse effects".

The research - looking at children aged eight to 18 - found that boys spent longer playing video games than girls. So what is gaming addiction?

Other researchers and specialists have described why they believe gaming should not be classified as a separate disorder.

"The World Health Organization knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive".

"The main thing to ask yourself, is this a symptom of a larger problem?" He spoke to CNN about how the ICD recognizing gaming disorder can aid people who need help from their insurance to seek treatment. In a recent statement released by the association, it is urging the WHO to reverse its decision and instead focus on real health issues. Singling out gaming feels topical, rather than necessary.

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