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World Health Organization officially classifies 'Gaming Disorder' as a mental condition

By midian182 · 15 replies
Jun 19, 2018
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  1. The volume diagnoses the condition as being identifiable by three signs:

    • Impaired control over gaming (e.g. onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context).
    • Increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities.
    • Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

    According to the ICD-11, the behavioral pattern of someone suffering from gaming disorder results in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

    Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, the WHO member who proposed the new diagnoses, told CNN "I'm not creating a precedent." He said WHO has followed "the trends, the developments, which have taken place in populations and in the professional field."

    Most of the medical profession is against the Gaming Disorder inclusion; two papers opposing the proposal having already been released. In the UK, the country’s National Health Service has now started offering free treatment for those experiencing the disorder, though exactly what treatment would be most effective is still under discussion.

    The gaming industry is also speaking out against the move. Yesterday, a statement co-signed by the ESA, ESAC, EGDF, IESA, IGEA, ISFE, K-GAMES, and UBV&G explained that “Videogames 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 recognized. We are therefore concerned to see ‘gaming disorder’ still contained in the latest version of the WHO’s ICD-11 despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community. The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive.”

    It’s important to note that ICD-11 has not yet been finalized and the current draft won’t be submitted until next year. As the online version points out: “content in this platform may change on an ongoing basis."

    Video game addiction has come under the spotlight again recently, following news of a nine-year-old girl being placed into rehab because she couldn’t stop playing Fortnite.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,795   +1,101

    Waiting on definition and description of Disorder Disorder, where excessive focus on disorders "takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities."

    Reminds me of Major Major in Catch 22.

    Parents who allow 9 year old to rewire brain in Fortnite need an intervention.
    davislane1, Clamyboy74 and Wendig0 like this.
  3. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 290   +176

    Can I get long term disability for "gaming disorder" so I can stay home and play games?

    Also I will need a government funded low latency Internet Connection.
    davislane1, Nobina, USAvenger and 7 others like this.
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,087   +1,504

    Almost anything can become an addiction, so do we really need to specify video addiction?
    Clamyboy74 likes this.
  5. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 537   +369

    This has affected me personally. Gaming contributed to loss of employment and reduced time spent with family. I don't game near as much, but it still affects me from needed chores around the house.
  6. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 978   +324

    That is an avenue I have not thought about. Time to figure this out and get a disability happening!
    TheBigT42 likes this.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,035   +1,444

    You mean gaming until my eyes bleed is a bad thing?
    Misagt likes this.
  8. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Booster Posts: 84   +76

    Sadly, I'm certain I have this. :/ I have all of the signs to the extreme... I'm in a prison.


    So, where do I sign up for my disability check? :)

    Seriously though... I have this. :(
  9. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 640   +240

    This is a discipline disorder. This can apply to anything that soaks up your time and energy away from responsible activities that you generally don't want or need to do.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,872   +3,311

    And all these years I just thought I really liked games more than most of the people I know ......
    Arris likes this.
  11. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,762   +1,268

    If they just said they recognize gaming can be addictive I would agree but disorder sounds like they are biased.
  12. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,661   +593

    Sure why not and get insurance to cover it so rates go up. Dumb
  13. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 258   +184

    I remember when bleeding eyes just meant you were a normal gamer. Ah times have changed.
  14. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 663   +317

    This is many things. What you said and what people use to get away from real life. And if your life sucks and you have no will to change it, you will try to stay there for as long as possible. And in this case it wouldn't be the case of not being able to get back to life, but simply loathing life enough to stay there everyday as many hours as your body can take.
  15. James00007

    James00007 TS Booster Posts: 114   +12

    The World Health Organisation are corrupt, biased and influenced by funding. Hence why they have railed against E-cigs (vaping) contrary to the positive fact based research from organisations like The Royal College of Physicians, Public Health England and an assortment of medical and scientific experts across the globe. They are not to be trusted and are much more interested in money than peoples health.
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Playing online games can be fun. I play when I am bored or have some free time.
    Clamyboy74 likes this.

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