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Video game addiction to be listed as mental health disorder in 2018

Video game addiction to be listed as mental health disorder in 2018

Gaming disorder - an addiction to playing video games - will be recognized as a new mental health disorder, according to a draft of the World Health Organization's 2018 International Classification of Diseases.

Next year, people who play an excessive amount of video games could find themselves diagnosed with "gaming disorder".

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

Mental health professionals are working to help people control their video game habit.

The beta draft guidance mentions that video game playing, either offline or online, must be "normally evident over a period of at least 12 months" for this diagnosis to be made.

Gaming Disorder will be added to the official list of diseases by WHO.

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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.

But to be clear, this doesn't mean that all gaming is addictive or could lead to a disorder.

This is the first time that a gaming-related disorder has been officially termed by the medical community since the inclusion of "Internet Gaming Disorder" (IGD) in the DSM-5, or the Fifth Edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, in 2013. When you stop controlling the game and it starts controlling you - that's when WHO's definition of gaming disorder applies.

It's important to note that this isn't a final draft and it still needs to be approved by World Health Organization, but if gaming addiction does become a recognized disorder, it could have far-reaching implications.

"Sometimes you get those gamers where it's a whole different life for them", adds Matt Lucero, a gamer and co-owner of Retro Gaming and Collectibles. It could contribute to a stigma around gaming that affects healthy gamers.

In the ICD-11, the description of what makes a gaming disorder a form of addictive behavior is similar to what's listed for a gambling addiction.


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