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Brase: WHO should hit reset button on 'gaming disorder' diagnosis

The World Health Organization Has Officially Designated Video Game Addiction As A Disease WHO classifies gaming addiction as a mental health condition, does it deserve to be on the list?
Melissa Porter | 21 June, 2018, 16:45

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now included "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition in its new edition of International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11.

"Disorders due to addictive behaviours are recognizable and clinically significant syndromes associated with distress or interference with personal functions that develop as a result of repetitive rewarding behaviours other than the use of dependence-producing substances", writes the WHO. "Even when the negative consequences occur, this behavior continues or escalates".

About gaming disorder, the World Health Organization says it affects only a "small proportion of people", and that the characteristics denoting the condition must be present in someone for at least 12 months before it can be officially diagnosed as a disorder.

As per Richard, a person can play games for hours, and sit in front of the screen for days, without being addictive.

However, Team SoloMid Fortnite Player Ali "Myth" Kabbani looks to have had enough of the joking of the disorder and believes that the issue should be taken seriously by the community.

Addiction to video games has been classed as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization noted back in December 2017 that they had meant to add this to their list of illnesses.

However, the formal decision to recognise the overuse of games as a mental health condition has been depicted as an overreaction.

Most of the medical profession is against the Gaming Disorder inclusion; two papers opposing the proposal having already been released.

The WHO said that if gaming takes precedence over daily activities and life interests, then it can be classed as gaming disorder. They should also watch out for any physical or psychological changes that might be attributed to their gaming behaviour.

The WHO follows the likes of France and Denmark who have already removed transgenderism from the list of mental disorders. Anthony Bean, a licensed psychologist, tells CNN that in his experience, those addicted to gaming are using it more as a coping mechanism for either anxiety or depression. All this could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.

Psychiatrist Richard Graham has just launched UK's first technology addiction center, and they dedicatedly work on this type of addiction caused by digital games and social media apps.

But lifelong gamers say video games can be beneficial if you keep them in moderation. Potentially leaving mental health workers to interpret without much in the way of actual guidelines.