World Health Organization To Add Gaming Addiction As A Disorder In 2018

Video gaming disorder to be officially recognised for first time

Worry time for Parents, Who Kids addicted to video games as the World Health Organization (WHO) soon classify the Gaming Addiction' as a Disorder in 2018, according to reports. That means that global health experts are arguing that there's a case for lumping harmfully excessive video gaming alongside addiction to substances like alcohol or drugs.

The WHO is now whipping up a draft of the latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD), ICD-11.

These symptoms normally must appear over a period of 12 months for a diagnosis, though it may be diagnosed in a shorter amount of time depending on the severity.

The WHO has not listed other conditions linked to technology, such as so-called smartphone or internet addiction, due to a lack of evidence they are "real disorders". Allen Frances, former chair of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders compared "gaming addition" to those who enjoy a lot of coffee, "Billions of people around the world are hooked on caffeine for fun or better functioning, but only rarely does this cause more trouble than it's worth". "Health professionals need to recognize that the gaming disorder may have serious health consequences". "Important research has already been conducted for decades on the negative effects of gaming, including addiction, depression and aggression, and we are certainly not suggesting that this should be ignored", said lead author Isabela Granic, developmental psychopathology professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, in a 2013 statement when the review was released. Parents who are anxious about their children spending too much time playing video games are right after all. Video games can improve hand-eye coordination, enhancing problem solving abilities, relieving stress, as well as connecting with people.

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