Video Game Addiction Receives Official Recognition From WHO

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Griffiths said playing video games, for the vast majority of people, is more about entertainment and novelty, citing the overwhelming popularity of games like Pokemon Go.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has included "gaming disorder" as a new mental health condition in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

This doesn't mean that medical professionals are planning to take your games away or restrict their use through law.

The past-time can become problematic if gamers meet three characteristics: if a person loses control over their gaming habits, if they prioritise gaming over other activities, and if they continue playing despite negative consequences on lifestyle. The American Psychiatric Association identified "Internet Gaming Disorder" as an area for further study in the 2013 version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the central resource for identifying and diagnosing disorders in the United States.

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The ICD has 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death mentioned in it which serves the goal of identifying health trends and measuring the statistics worldwide. Gaming disorder was considered for inclusion based on scientific evidence and the recommendations of experts around the world.

WHO said classifying "gaming disorder" as a separate addiction will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks.

Visitors play video games on June 12, 2018, at a Nintendo of America Inc. booth at E3, a large-scale computer and video game event held in Los Angeles.

Parents: In addition to the talk about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse that you'll have with your children, you may need to add video gaming to that same list.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized gaming disorder as a new mental health condition.

Much like gambling addiction, gaming addiction has similar traits with people giving ever-more time to gaming and the pursuit of achievements and awards at the expense of other activities.

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. Those who disagree with the WHO's categorisation of excessive gaming as an addictive disorder are, therefore, expected to appeal against its inclusion.

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