Addictive Video Game Playing Now Recognized as Disorder by World Health Organization

06 January, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Wilson Dawson
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Recently, the gaming industry weighed in on the controversy and not surprisingly, denied the classification.

This is only a draft and is being adjusted regularly, and PC Gamer pointed out that a similar proposal was raised for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders a few years ago, but at the time there wasn't enough evidence for it to go through. At any rate, the WHO ICD will be revised until its final release later this year.

The World Health Organization is recognizing gaming as a mental health disorder that can lead to problems down the road as adults.

According to the World Health Organization, the gaming disorder is diagnosed when video or digital game playing on or offline begins to impact everyday life.


In that, internet gaming disorder is listed as a "condition for further study", meaning it is not officially recognised. By contrast, the World Health Organization version is built around whether gaming interferes with real life activities - for example, if your gaming means you're not doing homework or brushing your teeth - and so it is "perhaps a little bit better", said Ferguson. Chris Ferguson, a professor of psychology at Stetson University in Florida whose research interests include video games and other media violence effects, described the ICD as "the book of real diseases that you can get insurance payments for". Some of the criticisms that they give include that the description "leans too heavily on substance use and gambling criteria", "the low quality of the research base" and the lack of consensus about the symptoms of "problematic gaming".

Tshabalala said the average gamer was not doing that and it was not easy to say how much time one person spent playing games. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy video games.

See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on and. "Why not just have a general behavioral addiction category that can apply to anything that people overdo?" "That's 3 million today taking serious damage to their lives because of the way they play", Gentile said.

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