The World Health Organization could classify 'gaming disorder' as an official condition

29 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Gaming Disorder is an official mental condition according to the WHO

This means that health care workers and doctors will be able to diagnose someone with the condition.

Originally founded in 1948, the World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, aims to "build a better, healthier future" with their involvement in worldwide public health across the globe.

In a draft of the body's forthcoming 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD), WHO includes what is called "gaming disorder" on a list of mental health conditions. "Disorders due to addictive behaviors include gambling disorder and gaming disorder, which may involve both online and offline behavior".

Last year, dozens of psychologists, including Ferguson, penned a grave article in response to the WHO's proposal to list gaming disorder.

The world at large seems to be paying attention to video games this year. "We've also seen gaming addiction leading to sleep disturbances, poor eating, irritability and loss of productivity", he said. Rather, it posits that when a gamer loses the ability to control when and how they play games, or if someone is constantly prioritizing video games "over other interests in life and keeps playing despite negative consequences", then it may be somewhat more than a hobby.


But problematic gaming may also serve as a dysfunctional coping mechanism for some, according to the Nottingham Trent researchers.

Researchers are still trying to understand the activity's risks and effects, since it has only recently become such a common pastime - 63% of United States households contain at least one "frequent gamer", a trait that didn't exist a couple of generations ago.

Right now, World Health Organization authorities said there is only a clinical description and no prevention or treatment options. Obsession can lead to other unhealthy habits, she said.

"You can get immersed in whatever you do if you really love it", he said. "They dismiss what this person is experiencing".

Rewari added he had friends that were failing school because of video game addiction.

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