World Organization To List VideoGaming Addiction As Mental Health Issue

06 January, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Darrell Lopez
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"People who have treatment centers for video game addiction or a gaming disorder will now be able to get reimbursed", Ferguson told CNN last week. The WHO's ICD lists both mental and physical disorders.

Each existing and new entry carries a lot of weight.

In that, internet gaming disorder is listed as a "condition for further study", meaning it is not officially recognised.

It will suggest that abnormal gaming behaviour should be in evidence over a period of at least 12 months "for a diagnosis to be assigned" but added that period might be shortened "if symptoms are severe".




It said consumers of video games in South Africa are increasingly diverse. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy video games. "However, in certain circumstances, overuse can lead to adverse effects".

The ESA is intimately intertwined with the United States video games industry and also recently declared that lootboxes aren't gambling, much to the dismay of tons of gamers. So what is gaming addiction? "Internet gaming disorder", as described by the Psychiatric Association, has been "very, very heavily criticized", said Ferguson, noting a that he co-authored with dozens of researchers from around the world.The DSM version of gaming disorder is built around substance abuse disorder, explained Ferguson.

It's likely that there still hasn't been enough research conducted into games being actually addictive (and under the current diagnosis the World Health Organization has proposed it looks like I was definitely suffering gaming disorder for about three weeks after I broke up with my boyfriend at uni), but this combined with the wider public uproar over loot crates past year could prompt some increased scrutiny. This would be "a good thing", he said.Gentile has studied gaming disorder since 1999 and "at that time I was trying to show that it wasn't a problem", he said.

As the ICD-11 is still a beta draft, the page explicitly mentions in its caveats that the draft is neither final nor is it "approved by WHO".

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