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WHO could classify gaming disorder as a mental health condition

By Ian Chee - on 27 Dec 2017, 12:00pm

WHO could classify gaming disorder as a mental health condition

The World Health Organization is considering adding ‘gaming disorder’ to the list of health conditions in the next update of the International Classifications of Diseases (ICD), according to a report by Business Insider.

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While the 11th edition is not yet set, a beta draft suggests that addiction to video games can be diagnosed if a person thought to have it meets three characteristics: if they lose control over their gaming habits, if they start prioritizing gaming over other interests or activities, and if they continue playing despite clear negative consequences. This means, like consumption of alcohol, if you overdo it to enough “to result in significant personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” then you have a medical problem.

As for what activity exactly can be considered gaming, the draft suggests that mobile gaming is as much deserving of being in the category as sitting in front of a gaming rig.

Interestingly, we’ve not heard of any update to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). But either way, this would mean that, despite the many virtues of video gaming, overdoing it is still a problem.

Source: Business Insider.