"Gaming disorder" now a mental health condition

Playing video games compulsively now qualifies as new mental health problem

Overall, the research suggest gaming addiction is very similar to a gambling disorder and substance use disorders - in fact, the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, listed Gaming Disorder right below the former.

Having a Gaming addiction has been listed in the World Health Organisations global classification of Diseases for the first time ever meaning governments around the world are expected to add it into their countries health system.

We hope that the World Health Organization will reconsider the mounting evidence put before them before proposing inclusion of "gaming disorder" in the final version of ICD-11 to be endorsed next year.

Impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context). Although that may sound intense, so was her video game addiction. With others saying its a waste of taxpayers money who fund the NHS.

In general, parents should limit the amount of screen time their children have daily, and gaming is included in that, along with TV, computers, phones, and tablet use, Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., tells Yahoo Lifestyle. "The WHO should consider the mounting evidence put before them before inclusion next year of "gaming disorder" in the final version of ICD-11".

This decision by the World Health Organization intends to encourage those whose lives are negatively effected by video games to come forward and seek help.

Dr. Levounis said he suspects the American Psychiatric Assocation will elevate gaming disorder to full-recognition status in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

It is believed that between 1% and 6% of young people are addicted to video games.

"You have these short, obsessive bursts and yes, people are playing a lot, but it's not an addiction", he said.

Some experts have warned that video games can be so addictive that children often get up during the night to play them.

"Be on the lookout", he said, noting that concerns should be raised if the gaming habit appears to be taking over. "If (video games) are interfering with the expected functions of the person - whether it is studies, whether it's socialization, whether it's work - then you need to be cautious and perhaps seek help".

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