Gaming Disorder added to list of 2018 diseases

Faith Castro
December 28, 2017

The WHO is planning to add the term "Gaming Disorder" to its official list of diseases in 2018, according to a draft of the organization's 2018 International Classification of Diseases. The gaming behaviour 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. A lot of them think that this is not a problem, but healthcare professionals and insurance companies will recognize this as a disorder. "However, in certain circumstances overuse can lead to adverse effects".

"Impulsive children with attention problems tend to play more video games, while kids in general who spend lots of time video gaming may also develop impulsivity and attention difficulties", the study concluded. The upcoming 11th update of the diagnostic manual called ICD-11 is set to publish in 2018.

Or, you give an increased priority to playing video games to the point they take precedence over other life interests and daily activities like eating and sleeping and socializing.

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The American Psychological Association claimed that playing video games can impact a child's learning, health, and social skills. The WHO did not specify how many hours classifies as "excessive", and there isn't yet a specified treatment.

Not everyone who plays video games has gaming disorder.

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