Gaming Disorder added to list of 2018 diseases

28 December, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Hope Soto
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Gaming Disorder will be widely recognized by medical professionals in 2018 as a mental health disorder, thanks to the World Health Organization's 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Now, not all who enjoy video games have gaming disorder, explained Daphne Bavelier, a professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Would you choose gaming over spending time with family and friends?

An example of such a state of personal affairs be if someone's involvement with video games was such that they were fired due to skipping work because of their gaming habits, and then still continued to play.

A final decision on including "gaming disorder" as a mental health disorder has not been made.

USA Today reports that the WHO's draft criteria for gaming disorder are "recurrent" game-playing sessions resulting in "impaired control over gaming", "increasing priority given to gaming", and "escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences".

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- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your gaming?

The WHO has not defined in the manual how many gaming hours are excessive.

In the 2013 edition of the DSM-5, it was only noted that the internet gaming disorder was a condition for further study. The disorder would be categorized along with substance abuse and addictive behaviors.

Avid gamer Hannah Jones says video games are more about relaxation.

The video game industry brings in close to 100 billion a year and there are no signs of it slowing down.

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