Gaming addiction 'a mental health disorder'

Gaming addiction 'a mental health disorder'

"Gaming disorder has been added because of very clear scientific evidence that it has characteristic symptoms, and that there is need and demand for treatment from many regions of the world".

Gaming disorders are now being listed as a mental health condition, meaning that it can be diagnosed by doctors.

People who have picked up a controller know how addictive gaming is, but now the World Health Organization makes it official. As its public listing reads, it is characterized by a pattern of "persistent or recurrent gaming behavior" including impaired control over frequency and duration, increasing priority to give gaming precedence over other "life interests and daily activities", and continuing to game despite negative consequences. In fact, only two to three percent of gamers have 'gaming disorder, ' and most of the time, those with the disorder have other problems like depression, bipolar disorder or autism. The American Psychological Association does not recognize it as of now and those like Travers say more testing and research needs to be done before they can reach that conclusion.

"Video game addiction essentially is where the brain gets hijacked by the video game and their reward system and it turns it into a loop system so they're constantly craving that reward", Fearzig said.

We all play games, don't we? After much back and forth, however, the term was just granted validity, as the World Health Organization opted to include it in the latest edition of its Internal Classification of Diseases. Those seeking treatment for compulsive or addictive technology use, including for gaming, have had trouble finding treatment that is covered by insurance.


"We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart", said Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioral addictions at Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The document was developed over 10 years and now for the first time was fully published on the who website.

According to details of the World Health Organization standards of classification of the disorder, persons whose personality and operations have been impaired by playing of such games qualify to be included in the list due to the adverse effects that gaming has on them.

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