Gaming Disorder added to list of 2018 diseases

29 December, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • The World Health Organization could soon recognize “gaming disorder.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made another step forward in formalizing the concept of video game addiction.

Adding "Gaming Disorder" to the list means that it will be recognized by doctors and insurance companies. "It takes less effort to turn on a computer than go outside and interact", Sid Rewari, a former gamer said. The mental disorder associated with video gaming must be evident for 12 months, less if the symptoms are severe.

Specifically, the draft's language states that gaming behavior could be a disorder if it meets three characteristics: if a person loses control over their gaming habits, if they start to prioritize gaming over many other interests or activities, and if they continue playing despite clear negative consequences.

The psychology of games The psychological community has been debating whether gaming is addictive enough to be described as a disorder for some time.

The World Health Organization could soon recognize “gaming disorder.”
The World Health Organization could soon recognize “gaming disorder.”

However, the American Psychological Association counters this view, finding it to be controversial and perhaps too early to say. Next year, people who play an excessive amount of video games could find themselves diagnosed with "gaming disorder".

The Independent reports that only 2 to 3 percent gamers reported five or more symptoms associated with gaming disorder, according to a 2016 University of Oxford study of 19,000 gamers in Germany, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Canada.

Originally founded in 1948, the World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, aims to "build a better, healthier future" with their involvement in worldwide public health across the globe. What's worth focusing on, they say, is less the "gaming" aspect of that behavior, but the "overdoing" aspect. Not everyone who likes to play video games has gaming disorder - plenty of people play video games without getting a diagnosis. For example, action video games could improve cognitive skills, perception, and reasoning. Enjoying gaming regularly is not necessarily an addiction, but the line is being defined by World Health Organization next year.

Second, some research has indicated that "video game addiction" is not a stable construct and clinical impairment might be low.

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