The World Health Organisation is considering adding ''gaming disorder'' as an addiction

ESA Strongly Encourages World Health Organization To Reconsider Its Gaming Addiction Classification

It said consumers of video games in South Africa are increasingly diverse.

"Gaming disorder is characterised by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour ('digital gaming" or "video-gaming'), which may be online or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences". Maybe your child or your family member has been more down lately, sad or anxious and relying on video games as a way to cope and find supports.

It's worth pointing out that, at least for now, the recent classification of "gaming disorder" is just part of the first draft of the WHO's revision of its International Compendium of Diseases. He spoke to CNN about how the ICD recognizing gaming disorder can aid people who need help from their insurance to seek treatment. All of the aforementioned could be applied to a number of compulsive behaviours.




I feel that classifying gaming disorder is a mistake and the lack of distinct characteristics for defining video game addiction makes creating a separate entry unnecessary. "I do notice behavior changes with them and I will immediately tell them to get off and kind of cold turkey them from the gaming system for a good week or month", Mattson said. "Internet gaming disorder", as described by the Psychiatric Association, has been "very, very heavily criticized", said Ferguson, noting a that he co-authored with dozens of researchers from around the world.The DSM version of gaming disorder is built around substance abuse disorder, explained Ferguson.

Vladimir went on to add how only a small percentage of people will suffer from this disorder: "Most people who play video games don't have a disorder, just like most people who drink alcohol don't have a disorder either".

"The main thing to ask yourself, is this a symptom of a larger problem?" So what is gaming addiction?

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