So what is gaming addiction?
"Gaming disorder is characterised by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour ('digital gaming" or "video-gaming'), which may be online or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences". He spoke to CNN about how the ICD recognizing gaming disorder can aid people who need help from their insurance to seek treatment.
This year the World Health Organization, is adding a new addictive behavior disorder known as gaming disorder to their 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases known as the ICD.
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It's likely that there still hasn't been enough research conducted into games being actually addictive (and under the current diagnosis the World Health Organization has proposed it looks like I was definitely suffering gaming disorder for about three weeks after I broke up with my boyfriend at uni), but this combined with the wider public uproar over loot crates a year ago could prompt some increased scrutiny. In 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) added Internet Gaming Use Disorder as a condition "recommended for further study".
Internet gaming disorder is "totally different" from the gaming disorder proposed by World Health Organization, said Ferguson, and this "reflects the confusion".
Other researchers and specialists have described why they believe gaming should not be classified as a separate disorder. I mean, do you know anyone who's as addicted to games as much as alcohol, drugs and the like? Some of the criticisms that they give include that the description "leans too heavily on substance use and gambling criteria", "the low quality of the research base" and the lack of consensus about the symptoms of "problematic gaming".
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"It is significant because it creates the opportunity for more specialised services".
It said consumers of video games in South Africa are increasingly diverse. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than two billion people around the world enjoy video games.
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