World Health Organization to classify video game addiction as mental illness

CBS New York- Excessive video gaming to be classified as mental health disorder by the World Health Organization

The disorder is characterised by "impaired control" with increasing priority given to gaming and "escalation", despite "negative consequences".

Medrano understands how addiction to gaming can happen.

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. Notably, reSTART is a well-known center in Seatle. The proposed diagnosis has been listed under "disorders due to substance use or addictive behaviors", and is further detailed as "mental and behavioral disorders that develop as a result of the use of predominantly psychoactive substances, including medications, or specific repetitive rewarding and reinforcing behaviors". The analysis, which appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry revealed that around 3 percent of people playing video game turn their hobby into an addiction. However, many aspects of this concept remain controversial. To be diagnosed the behavior must last at least a year.

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The WHO's classification means that gaming disorder will be recognized by doctors and insurance providers. The more recent introduction of online multiplayer titles has arguably led to even more hours being spent gaming, with players building friendships and online communities across the world. First, the current approaches to understanding "gaming addiction" are rooted in substance abuse research and approaches do not necessarily translate to media consumption. Third, pathologizing gaming behavior has fallout beyond the therapeutic setting. Not everyone who likes to play video games has gaming disorder - plenty of people play video games without getting a diagnosis.

The term "gaming disorder" isn't limited to simply excessive time spent playing video games in the entry. Enjoying gaming regularly is not necessarily an addiction, but the line is being defined by World Health Organization next year.


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