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What are your experiences of gaming addiction? Share your stories

What are your experiences of gaming addiction? Share your stories

The WHO was discussing adding gaming addition back in December 2017, when it introduced it in a draft version of ICD-11. It will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and come into effect on 1 January, 2022. If you are a video game enthusiast or at least know others that love to spend hours playing games you might be interested in the three major diagnostic features or characteristics of gaming disorder.

Others welcomed WHO's new classification, saying it was critical to identify people hooked on video games quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who don't seek help themselves.

"Video gaming is like a non-financial kind of gambling from a psychological point of view", said Griffiths, a distinguished professor of behavioural addiction at Nottingham Trent University.

According to the ICD-11, the behavioral pattern of someone suffering from gaming disorder results in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

"Everyone who indulges from gaming from time-to-time doesn't have this disorder; it's only a minority of people who game who will satisfy the strict criteria for gaming disorder in ICD-11".

Director of WHO's Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Shekhar Saxena, describes some of the warning signs of addictive Gaming behavior.

Brase thinks medical professionals should take great care before they give someone a diagnosis of something as though it were something that could be and should be cured.

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The ICD, which has been updated in the past 10 years, covers 55,000 injuries, diseases and causes of death.

In the previous World Health Organization classification, gender identity disorders, such as transsexualism were listed under mental and behavioral conditions.

It also includes a section on video gaming, recognising gaming disorder as a pathological condition that can be addictive in the same way as cocaine.

In the organisation's latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), gaming disorder has been listed as an addiction.

Smartphone, social media, and even gaming de-addiction facilities have always been set-up at institutions throughout the country, with many parents bringing in their children to be treated for addiction to gadgets.

However, this inclusion isn't being well received by all; many experts aren't convinced that gaming disorder even exists in the first place.


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