Video game addiction is now being recognised as a mental health condition

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

A major venture for the World Health Organization is creating and maintaining the International Classification of Diseases, which is a grading system that assists in identifying a wide range of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, and much more.

This means that those diagnosed will be entitled to be treated by the NHS.

Separately, the WHO listed "hazardous gaming", which is when a pattern of gaming "appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to this individual or others around this individual".

The World Health Organisation's latest reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and video gaming as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour" that becomes so extensive that it "takes precedence over other life interests".

As part of that process a draft for a "gaming disorder" has been written up to be included in the new International Classification of Diseases (ICD) manual - which hasn't had a new version since 1992 - but video game makers are not happy about the process. With the significant opposition from the medical and scientific community, the World Health Organization should consider the mounting evidence put before them before making a decision on the inclusion of a "gaming disorder" in the final version of ICD-11 next year. Although that may sound intense, so was her video game addiction.




Clinical cases of gaming behaviour leading to distress or significant impairment in functioning have been reported in the academic press and clinical practice for many years. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and learning ways to live with computers responsibly. Some propose that it's merely a coping mechanism for people struggling with anxiety or depression.

The AP notes that The American Psychiatric Association still does not label Gaming Disorder as a mental health condition.

All in all, these characteristics are very similar to what you'd use to determine similar addiction-related behaviors, such as substance use disorder or gambling disorder. He argued that anything from TV to football could be considered behaviorally addictive if criteria is not rigorous enough.

The classification is aimed at alerting health professionals and systems to the existence of this condition and ensuring that people suffering from these conditions can get appropriate help.

Still, there is a lot we don't yet understand about gaming disorder.

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