Saturday, 15 December, 2018

"Gaming Disorder" to be classified as a mental health disorder in 2018

Gaming disorder to be named a mental health condition for the first time "Gaming Disorder" to be classified as a mental health disorder in 2018
Carol Daniels | 29 December, 2017, 01:16

Draft language published earlier this week would add an official description for "gaming disorder" to the WHO's diagnostic manual for the first time.

Doctors say when it causes 'impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning'. "Disorders due to addictive behaviors include gambling disorder and gaming disorder, which may involve both online and offline behavior".

The addition of this this condition would mean that Gaming Disorder could be diagnosed by a physician or recognized by insurance providers.

Many well-adjusted individuals play video games, and they do not have a mental disorder.

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"The WHO move reflects growing awareness about this disorder - among health professionals, parents and teachers", said Manoj Sharma, associate professor of clinical psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans), Bangalore. "We've also seen gaming addiction leading to sleep disturbances, poor eating, irritability and loss of productivity", he said. The symptoms include the inability to control when and how to play video games. According to CBS, Husack "says the designation is long overdue and that addiction to video games is a hidden but widespread problem". Since the DSM-5 proposal, research is increasingly focused on the application of the proposed criteria, as opposed to broadly testing validity and necessity of the overarching construct.

In 2016, a group of Oxford researchers wanted to know how addictive gaming can be.

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

But could a child get addicted to a video game? Research they've done and read suggests that what looks like gaming disorder, a lot of the time, is a symptom of depression, anxiety or attention deficit disorder. They can also be addicting. The WHO's definition of gaming disorder could inspire an inaccurate diagnosis when, in fact, gaming could just be a coping mechanism for something already known.

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