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World Health Organization May Recognize "Gaming Disorder" in 2018

29 December 2017, 01:04 | Violet Powell

Gaming disorder to be named a mental health condition for the first time

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"Gaming, in general for me, it's something you have fun, you know, play all sorts of games like Pokémon".

"Like in Asia, China and Japan and Korea there are programs set up for folks that have gaming addiction so that they can take the kid out of the home, bring them into a center, try to get them more balance in their life", said Kjome.

Notable traits include patients prioritising gaming over "life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences".

According to the marketing group NPD, video game console spending in the U.S.is up 27 percent from previous year, up to $1.9 billion.

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"The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning". So much so World Health Organization will recognize gaming addiction as a mental disorder. The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.

According to the World Health Organization draft, the classification applies if the symptoms listed manifest over a period of at least 12 months in order for a proper diagnosis assignment. "We've also seen gaming addiction leading to sleep disturbances, poor eating, irritability and loss of productivity", he said. Doctors are advised to look for telltale signs like social isolation, appetite loss, antisocial behavior and withdrawal symptoms.

"In light of continuing controversies, it is argued that the now proposed categories of video game addiction disorders are premature".

Because to this, the W.H.O. will seemingly be officially recognizing Gaming Disorder as a medical condition in the coming year. By adding "gaming disorder" to the list, the WHO can make the health condition an official diagnoses that can be used in health-care matters, according to CNN.



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