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Gaming Disorder is Real Mental Condition And You May Have It

first_imgStay on target “Gaming disorder” sounds like an invented affliction parents appoint to kids they can’t tear away from the computer or TV screen.But, come 2018, the ailment may go from fiction to fact.Characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior,” the malady is as real as any addiction, including gambling.And, according to the beta draft of WHO’s 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), due out next year, it is an official medical condition. The formal description is as follows:“Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video gaming’), which may be online (i.e. over the Internet) or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (e.g. 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 the occurrence of negative consequences.“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 pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.“The gaming behavior and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.”As emphasized on the ICD-11 website, this beta draft is NOT FINAL, and is updated on a daily basis. Gaming disorder, however, is likely to appear in the definitive list.“There is increasing and well-documented evidence of clinical relevance of these conditions and increasing demand for treatment in different parts of the world,” a WHO spokesman told Geek in an email.Most people rely on the Internet and a series of electronic devices every day—for work or pleasure. And while the increase in usage has “clear benefits,” the statement said, it also comes with drawbacks. Health problems as a result of excessive use have also been documented, sometimes with grave consequences.In an effort to bring awareness to this stranger-than-fiction issue, the World Health Organization incorporated “gaming disorder” into ICD—”the basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally,” according to the statement.“It is used by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions and by researchers to categorize conditions,” the spokesman continued. “Inclusion of a disorder in ICD is a consideration which countries take into account when making decisions on provision of healthcare and allocation of resources for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img

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