World Health Organization to classify video game addiction as mental illness

Gaming disorder to be named a mental health condition for the first time

The WHO listed mental disorder associated with video gaming as a serious condition. Draft language published earlier this week would add an official description for "gaming disorder" to the WHO's diagnostic manual for the first time.

This means that health care workers and doctors will be able to diagnose someone with the condition.

Games beware: playing too many video games could officially be classified as a mental health issue.

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Some may see the W.H.O.'s new stance on gaming addiction as another example of "political correctness gone mad" and that spending an excessive amount of time playing video games is entirely down to the player's life choices, rather than any genuine medical condition. The manual was last updated in 1990. "It takes less effort to turn on a computer than go outside and interact", Sid Rewari, a former gamer said. Gamers believe that video gaming is akin to hobbies or professions. It could also waste public health resources spurred by an echo of the '90s moral panic around games. Publicly recognizing their struggle to find balance could make a big difference for them. She is supportive of the World Health Organization draft.

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Right now, World Health Organization authorities said there is only a clinical description and no prevention or treatment options. Playing Guild Wars 2 in complete solitude for a year isn't a lot like getting blackout drunk at a bar every single night of that same year.

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Scientists need to "establish a clear-cut distinction between someone who may use games excessively but non-problematically and someone who is experiencing significant impairment in their daily lives as a effect of their excessive gaming", a group of researchers from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom wrote in a paper published last summer in the Journal of Addictive Behavior.

Gamers compulsively play to the exclusion of other interests and their persistent gaming appears to endanger their academic or job functioning, the APA had said.

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