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Gaming addiction set to be recognised as a mental health disorder

Doctors say when it causes 'impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning'.

"With proposals to include "gaming disorder" in both the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and International Compendium of Diseases (ICD), the concept of video game addiction has gained traction".

BINGING on video games will be classified as signs of a mental disorder for the first time next year.

Notable traits include patients prioritising gaming over "life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences". That is to say, a doctor can diagnose it at any point they like, should they deem the severity "significant", without the World Health Organization batting an eye.

The World Health Organization has found that excessive use can lead to a mental disorder. Should gaming addiction be treated as a mental health condition?

The World Health Organization could soon recognize “gaming disorder.”
The World Health Organization could soon recognize “gaming disorder.”

He described the ICD as the "basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally and the worldwide standard for reporting diseases and health conditions" that is used by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions.

This isn't a particularly new realization, as there have been rehab centers for gaming addiction founded in the past.

In 2015, a 17-year-old Russian boy was rushed to hospital and died after falling into a coma while playing video games nearly continuously for 22 days, only stopping to sleep and eat. Like with other addictive behavior, increased priority given to the behavior is also a symptom.

In 2016, a group of Oxford researchers wanted to know how addictive gaming can be. The American Psychiatric Association will not classify it without additional research.

Rewari added he had friends that were failing school because of video game addiction.

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