Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

'Gaming Disorder' to be recognized as mental health condition

'Gaming Disorder' to be recognized as mental health condition

That's right, World Health Organization is set to declare excessive gaming to be an official disorder sometime in 2018 for the first time in history.

The psychological benchmark for diagnosing mental health conditions, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), now lists internet gaming as a condition of further study. Although the ICD-11 has yet to be finalised, the current draft outlines different criteria used to determine whether a person's gaming has become a serious health condition. Gaming Disorder will be added to the official list of diseases by the World Health Organization next year.

"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.

"Not so sure that I actually agree with that, I think parents have a lot to do with what children do and how they're raised and they can help control and put boundaries on video games", Libby Raipstein, who was shopping for video games with her son, said. However, the new "gaming disorder" can be applied to both online and offline gaming.

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If gaming disorder is effectively recognized as an health condition next year, it means that doctors will need to be trained to diagnose and treat it.

According to the Daily Mail, the behavior has to persist for at least 12 months before a diagnosis is considered.

While the ICD will be the first to official place video game addiction in its manual, it has been observed as a concern for almost five years.

Gaming disorder would refer to people consumed by gaming even if faced with problems.

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