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"Gaming Disorder" to be classified as a mental health disorder in 2018

Gaming Disorder will now be a part of the official list of mental illnesses thanks to the World Health Organization, and this will happen one year from now.

Does Everyone Who Likes to Play Video Games Have Gaming Disorder?

To warrant a diagnosis of such a disorder, one shall have "impaired control over gaming" and give "increasing priority to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities" and continue gaming "despite the occurrence of negative effect", according to the draft. He explained that, early in psychologists' debates about gaming addiction, some compared apparent victims' compulsive behaviors to substance abusers'.

World Health Organization defines gaming behavior as "impaired control over gaming" (ie, how often and for how long one plays game), "increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests", and "continuation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences", (such as being fired, or missing too much school).

According to the marketing group NPD, video game console spending in the U.S.is up 27 percent from a year ago, up to $1.9 billion.

This means that both doctors and insurance companies will now recognize the disorder.

By including a disorder in the ICD, countries can take it into account when making a decision on health care prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

"Gaming is highly addictive", said ESET security specialist Mark James, "and it is no wonder so many respondents from our study admit to playing them for so long".

Not everyone who plays video games has gaming disorder.

The wording of the gaming disorder hasn't been revealed yet.

Burks says anyone who plays more than 12 hours a day could be experiencing addiction, especially among young adults.

Although it's rare, gamers have died during marathon gaming sessions, according to the Washington Post.

In the ICD-11, the description of what makes a gaming disorder a form of addictive behavior is similar to what's listed for a gambling addiction. Would you choose gaming over spending time with family and friends?

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