Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

World Health Organization moves closer to recognizing 'gaming disorder'

Gaming disorder to be named a mental health condition for the first time World Health Organization moves closer to recognizing 'gaming disorder'
Jerome Frank | 29 December, 2017, 01:13

It's important to note that this isn't a final draft and it still needs to be approved by World Health Organization, but if gaming addiction does become a recognized disorder, it could have far-reaching implications.

Psychology Today reports that "Internet gaming disorder" is not officially recognized in the by the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) mental diagnostic book, the DSM-5, but that the APA may include it in later editions. "Disorders due to addictive behaviors include gambling disorder and gaming disorder, which may involve both online and offline behavior".

Sharma and his colleagues have seen dozens of young people - the youngest a 11-year-old and the oldest a 20-year-old - over the past three years at the Nimhans Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic, the first exclusively for patients with technology-related addictive behaviour. Next year, people who play an excessive amount of video games could find themselves diagnosed with "gaming disorder".

"I don't think people should always just jump to the conclusion because someone likes to play video games", Jones says. Enjoying gaming regularly is not necessarily an addiction, but the line is being defined by World Health Organization next year. Declaring that the proposal had "fundamental issues" like poor research quality and a lack of consensus, the paper warned that a rushed decision could have bad consequences. Health professionals can now determine if someone's gaming has became a health condition.

Although it's rare, gamers have died during marathon gaming sessions, according to the Washington Post.

The WHO's classification of Gaming Disorder as a mental health disorder is expected to be official some time in 2018, when ICD-11 is released. Public health experts also use the ICD to track the number of deaths and diseases.

She says parents need to be involved, especially when kids receive new games for Christmas.

"You can get immersed in whatever you do if you really love it", he said. They have experience in breaking this habit.

Second, some research has indicated that "video game addiction" is not a stable construct and clinical impairment might be low.

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