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Gaming Disorder Recognized by Doctors

29 December 2017, 12:58 | Darrell Baldwin

Gaming Disorder Recognized by Doctors

Video gamers react to the WHO potentially adding 'gaming disorder' to its mental health conditions.

The draft states: "The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning".

This isn't a particularly new realization, as there have been rehab centers for gaming addiction founded in the past.

Playing computer games excessively, over and over again will soon be perceived as an emotional well-being jumble, a mental health condition, which can lead to difficulties in everyday life if not taking care of and keeping it under control, people believe.

Like other addictions, video games can be hazardous to a person's health. "Gaming, in general for me, it's something you have fun, you know, play all sorts of games like Pokémon".

The average gamer, the report added, has been playing video games for 13 years.

This means that both doctors and insurance companies will now recognize the disorder. Third, pathologizing gaming behavior has fallout beyond the therapeutic setting. The WHO's definition of gaming disorder could inspire an inaccurate diagnosis when, in fact, gaming could just be a coping mechanism for something already known.

Sharma and his colleagues have seen dozens of young people - the youngest a 11-year-old and the oldest a 20-year-old - over the past three years at the Nimhans Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic, the first exclusively for patients with technology-related addictive behaviour. Research also shows that gaming can quicken decision making.

Although it's rare, gamers have died during marathon gaming sessions, according to the Washington Post. It could also waste public health resources spurred by an echo of the '90s moral panic around games. Some gamers are driven to play for hours and even days on end.

Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. Noting that while gambling and gaming disorder are "close relatives", Rae says that the people who come to her facility have difficulty getting good treatment alongside alcoholics or drug addicts. Brian Vigneault died at age 35 while participating in an online video game marathon that was raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.



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