Gaming Addiction To Become Officially Recognized By World Health Organization

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In a draft of the body's forthcoming 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD), WHO includes what is called "gaming disorder" on a list of mental health conditions.

"I have considerable concerns about this proposed diagnosis", said Dr. Chris Ferguson, a psychologist who studies the effects of consistent game-playing.

The psychology of games The psychological community has been debating whether gaming is addictive enough to be described as a disorder for some time.

Adding "Gaming Disorder" to the list means that it will be recognized by doctors and insurance companies.

Vincent Allen, a 21-year-old man from OH who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and enjoys playing video games in his spare time, believes that the ruling undermines other serious health conditions.

WHO experts believe gaming can be a serious mental health issue which should be closely monitored. Brian Vigneault died at age 35 while participating in an online video game marathon that was raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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That's concerning news for the thousands of people who got a game under the tree for Christmas.

On the positive side, research has shown that game playing can relieve stress, improve problem-solving abilities, and enhance traits like eye-hand coordination. In its Beta draft of International Classification of Diseases for 2018, entry 6D11, or 'gaming disorder,' is attracting plenty of attention. Research also shows that gaming can quicken decision making.

The Oxford study concluded that Internet use can lead to addiction and can have a negative impact on a person's health, private and social life.

While gaming addiction is not included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, internet gaming disorder does appear as a problem to continue monitoring for possible future inclusion. Signs include gaming getting in the way of a job, school, or spending time with family and friends.

WHO's description of Gaming Disorder doesn't account for professional esports players whose main occupation is to compete for money and for glory.