World Health Organization To Classify Gaming Addiction As A Mental Health Disorder

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Codifying gaming addiction as a tried and true disorder could risk "stigmatising millions of players and may divert limited mental health resources from core psychiatric problems such as depression or anxiety which might be at the heart of problematic play", he said over e-mail. This can be as well a very good way to spend your free time as long as you keep it under control.

Compulsive video gaming is a modern-day psychological disorder which the World Health Organization describes as a "persistent or recurrent" behaviour pattern of "sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning". Which is why entry number 6D11 in the latest draft is an interesting inclusion since it specifically relates to "gaming disorder". A draft of the 2018 edition of their diagnostic manual features gaming disorder listed alongside gambling disorder as conditions "due to addictive behaviours".

Some may see the W.H.O.'s new stance on gaming addiction as another example of "political correctness gone mad" and that spending an excessive amount of time playing video games is entirely down to the player's life choices, rather than any genuine medical condition.

The APA describes internet gaming disorder as similar to gambling addiction, in which affected individuals don't have control over their impulses to continue participating in said activity.

It's important to note that this isn't a final draft and it still needs to be approved by World Health Organization, but if gaming addiction does become a recognized disorder, it could have far-reaching implications.

However, the American Psychological Association counters this view, finding it to be controversial and perhaps too early to say.

However, the choice does not imply that playing games it's itself an issue.

Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

The world at large seems to be paying attention to video games this year. Consulting with a psychologist or mental health professional is also recommended.

On the positive side, research has shown that game playing can relieve stress, improve problem-solving abilities, and enhance traits like eye-hand coordination.

Researchers are still trying to understand the activity's risks and effects, since it has only recently become such a common pastime - 63% of USA households contain at least one "frequent gamer", a trait that didn't exist a couple of generations ago.

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