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Video game addiction is now officially recognised as an illness

21 June 2018, 04:41 | Melissa Porter

Video gaming is described as 'a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour'

Video gaming is described as 'a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour'

Despite some concern over it, the organization added gaming disorder to the newly released 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, recognizing it as a mental health condition.

"Video games across all kinds of genres, devices and platforms are enjoyed safely and sensibly by more than 2 billion people worldwide, with the educational, therapeutic, and recreational value of games being well-founded and widely recognised", the statement read.

The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may really have an addiction.

The Fortnite 4.4 content update brought some major changes to Fortnite Battle Royale with the introduction of the stink bomb and the Final Fight Limited Time Mode in the Fortnite 4.4 content update. The WHO was discussing adding gaming addition back in December 2017, when it introduced it in a draft version of ICD-11. Many health care decisions are made in the basis of these statistics. Separate from addiction, this refers to a pattern of gaming that "increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences for the individual or others around this individual".


Most interventions or treatments for "gaming disorder" are "based on the principles and methods of cognitive behavioral therapy", Poznyak said.

Geneva: Transgender people, who identify as the opposite gender to the one they were born with, should no longer be considered mentally ill, according to a new United Nations categorisation. A group of over 30 social scientists and mental health researchers plan to co-sign an article in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Behavior Addiction arguing against the inclusion, too, Gamasutra pointed out. He counts himself as a member of the camp that opposes inclusion of "gaming disorder" in the ICD. "The gaming prompts a neurological response that influences feelings of pleasure and reward, and the result, in the extreme, is manifested as addictive behavior". Some of us play little longer, and in some rare cases, the gaming just won't stop.

What has the organization previously said about video game addiction?

Working with them and understanding their games, he said, "you can actually see overt qualities of their gaming style and the way they actually interact with the world around them".

Honestly, "gaming disorder" sounds like a phrase tossed around by irritated parents and significant others. Potentially leaving mental health workers to interpret without much in the way of actual guidelines.



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