Too much gaming could be labeled as mental health condition

Too much gaming could be labeled as mental health condition

Too much gaming could be labeled as mental health condition

"Gaming Disorder" will be added to the official list of diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO) next year.

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Symptoms of the disorder include a strong desire to play video games, increased time spent playing and withdrawal symptoms when games are taken away.

A tentative draft of the ICD defines gaming disorder as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior, which may be online or offline". The American Psychiatric Association has called for more clinical research into the compulsiveness, symptoms of addictive withdrawal, and other poor health behaviors from gamers-that way clinicians can properly identify definitive and observational features of Gaming Disorder before diagnoses can be made. Like other types of addiction, gaming disorder affects a person's ability to function in everyday life.

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In the 2013 edition of the DSM-5, it was only noted that the internet gaming disorder was a condition for further study.

"People do what they do to escape or avoid pain and we find that that's true with video games as well", Mental health counselor Bobbi Burks says.

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"Health professionals need to recognise that gaming disorder may have serious health consequences", said Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Any activity can become a mental health issue if a person cannt control the activity.

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