Gaming Disorder Listed In 2018 WHO Diagnostic Manual

Gaming Disorder Listed In 2018 WHO Diagnostic Manual

If this is considered as a mental health disorder, it will automatically perceive by specialists and insurance agencies. 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.

The beta draft guidance mentions that video game playing, either offline or online, must be "normally evident over a period of at least 12 months" for this diagnosis to be made.

For one, if a person gives priority to gaming over other life interests, it could be considered a gaming disorder.

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Bobbie Fraiser, a mother and former school teacher, said her biggest concerns is that children can become obsessed with video games. Surprisingly, internet and mobile devices have yet to be included in this list, but it seems to only be a matter of time, as the gaming addiction definition has been in the works longer.

After the WHO released the draft version of the ICD, many took to Twitter criticizing the decision to link playing a lot of video games to a mental health problem.

Gaming disorder falls under the class of illnesses categorized as addictive behaviors. This also may lead to an antisocial life and rage during playing, if you lose a game, and incapability to communicate with others outside your new environment.

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But to be clear, this doesn't mean that all gaming is addictive or could lead to a disorder. It was last updated 27 years ago, in 1990. It could contribute to a stigma around gaming that affects healthy gamers.

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. Noting that while gambling and gaming disorder are "close relatives", Rae says that the people who come to her facility have difficulty getting good treatment alongside alcoholics or drug addicts. Second, some research has indicated that "video game addiction" is not a stable construct and clinical impairment might be low.

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