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ESA Issues Statement On WHO "Gaming Disorder" Diagnosis

19 June 2018, 01:16 | Melissa Porter

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'Gaming Disorder' has now officially been categorized as a mental illness, according to the World Health Organization.

A major venture for the World Health Organization is creating and maintaining the International Classification of Diseases, which is a grading system that assists in identifying a wide range of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, and much more. As its public listing reads, it is characterized by a pattern of "persistent or recurrent gaming behavior" including impaired control over frequency and duration, increasing priority to give gaming precedence over other "life interests and daily activities", and continuing to game despite negative consequences.

He guessed that the percentage of video game players with a compulsive problem was likely to be extremely small - much less than 1 percent - and that many such people would likely have other underlying problems, like depression, bipolar disorder or autism.

"The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning". The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent. In fact, she urinated on herself while sitting down playing the game.

In South Korea and the United States, clinics have sprung up to treat video game addiction, along with community and online support groups. "For the vast majority it is a recreational activity".

The ICD-11 is still under review, so its content may shift.

And yet, that hasn't spotted the larger game industry from coming forward to criticize the diagnosis.

Fortnite: Battle Royale, which is one of the most played video games of the year, is played by millions of people worldwide every day, and was completely free for gamers to download. The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive. Gaming disorder was considered for inclusion based on scientific evidence and the recommendations of experts around the world. The manual's last revision occurred way back in 1992, and it desperately needs fixes to benefit today's medical professionals.

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