World Health Organization consider recognizing "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition

'Gaming Disorder' to be recognized as mental health condition for first time

Basically, you play a lot of videogames. A draft of the 2018 edition of their diagnostic manual features gaming disorder listed alongside gambling disorder as conditions "due to addictive behaviours".

"Like in Asia, China and Japan and Korea there are programs set up for folks that have gaming addiction so that they can take the kid out of the home, bring them into a center, try to get them more balance in their life", said Kjome. This applies whether it may be offline or online, on PC, consoles or mobile.

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

"The WHO move reflects growing awareness about this disorder - among health professionals, parents and teachers", said Manoj Sharma, associate professor of clinical psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans), Bangalore.




Some may see the W.H.O.'s new stance on gaming addiction as another example of "political correctness gone mad" and that spending an excessive amount of time playing video games is entirely down to the player's life choices, rather than any genuine medical condition.

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". Like with other addictive behavior, increased priority given to the behavior is also a symptom.

The video game industry brings in close to 100 billion a year and there are no signs of it slowing down. Dr. Chris Ferguson told Kotaku that while "myths" about the similarities between gaming and substance abuse persist, they are true "only insofar as any pleasurable activity activates these regions [of the brain]".

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