Video game addicts of the world: Your compulsion may be considered an official mental disorder.
Like other disorders such as gambling, gaming disorder could arise if a player loses control over the gaming habit, prioritizes gaming over other interests and activities, and continues gaming even if it has negative consequences, according to the draft. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is made by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), presently can't seem to perceive gaming as an official condition.
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Gaming disorder or addictive behavior could be diagnosed for kids whose school performance is affected or for adults if their gaming addiction leads to losing spouses or jobs.
"The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational, or other important areas of functioning", the draft reads.
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This does not, of course, implicate everyone who plays games. Further, in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, the behaviour of addiction to games should be evident over a period of at least 12 months.
Video games, which entered our lives in the 80s, have been monitored by the WHO for nearly a decade and the organization has decided that people who play video games excessively might have a mental problem.
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The upcoming ICD, in its 11th update, will allow doctors and healthcare workers, as well as researchers and policymakers, to classify gaming addiction as a mental health condition. Some video games can be a safe way of improving hand-eye coordination, enhancing problem-solving abilities and relieving stress, she said. That means that global health experts are arguing that there's a case for lumping harmfully excessive video gaming alongside addiction to substances like alcohol or drugs.