Gaming addiction 'a mental health disorder'

HealthBeing Trans Is No Longer Classified as a Mental Disorder by the WHO Written by Alexander Kacala

There's a difference between just enjoying playing video games and being addicted, mind; in fact, there are three primary criteria by which it's judged.

In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the United Nations health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has qualified it as a mental health condition.

The World Health Organization now says video game addiction should be classified as a medical condition.

Gaming also piques gamers' interest in new hobbies and careers such as history (15 percent), information technology (12 percent) and art (7 percent), while 34 percent cite improved cognition, problem-solving or social skills thanks to gaming.

It manifests by impaired control over gaming, for example, such as the player being unable to control the onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, or context of the gaming session. The typical gamer played for more than two hours a day in 2016, for example, while the average American over age 15 reported spending nearly three hours watching TV every day.

Symptomatic behaviour must continue for at least a year before it is considered dangerously unhealthy, according to the new classification.

"Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities", explained the WHO.

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He concluded: "We have not crossed all our "ts" and dotted all our "is" with regard to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of gaming addictions".

"We believe that understanding this population and the nature and severity of the problems they experience should be a focus area for future research", reads the abstract of a paper titled 'A weak scientific basis for gaming disorder: Let us err on the side of caution.' "However, moving from research construct to formal disorder requires a much stronger evidence base than we now have".

Almost 40 percent of those sales are in east Asia, especially China and South Korea. Other important markets include the US, Britain, France, Germany and Brazil.

So-called "shooter games" such as "Fortnite" - described on the support website Game Quitters as the "hottest game in the world" - are either played online or on offline consoles.

Lubna Alansari, WHO's Assistant Director-General talked about the ICD saying, "It is a cornerstone of health information and ICD-11 will deliver an up-to-date view of the patterns of disease".

"Be careful if the person you are with, a child or another person is using Gaming in an excessive manner..."

The World Health Organization has announced that it considers gaming disorder a mental health condition.

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