Gaming disorder could soon be treated in public health sector

Gaming disorder could soon be treated in public health sector

Now the World Health Organisation has officially classified "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition and included it in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases.

"A decision on inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11 is based on reviews of available evidence and reflects a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions that were involved in the process of technical consultations undertaken by World Health Organization in the process of ICD-11 development".

Last year, a study from almost 30 academics opposed the gaming disorder classification, saying their addiction was best viewed as a coping mechanism associated with underlying problems such as anxiety or depression.

To suffer from the disease you must "experience significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of function" and you must have lived with this for at least one year'.

Continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

Risky behaviours associated with gaming or its context.

Some experts have warned that video games can be so addictive that children often get up during the night to play them.

For video game addicts, it might soon be 'game over'.

People who compulsively play video games could soon be diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Dr Shekhar Saxena, director for the department for mental health from the WHO, told Euronews in a conference call, that video gaming disorder "can be present at any age" but particularly in adolescents and the young. "Disorders due to addictive behaviors include gambling disorder and gaming disorder, which may involve both online and offline behaviour".

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association decided not to classify gaming addiction as a distinct disorder, and said it required further research alongside conditions such as caffeine use disorder. Many within the games industry have questioned the validity of the research, while others have welcomed the inevitable dialogue such news encourages. Previous editions had categorised sexual dysfunction and gender incongruence, for example, under mental health conditions.

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According to CNN, Poznyak is able to point out three characteristics of gaming disorder. The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive.

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