"Parents may want to keep a closer eye on teenagers glued to their video games consoles.

The World Health Organisation will include ‘gaming disorder’ in its international list of illnesses for the first time next year.

After a decade of monitoring computer gaming, the organisation has decided to classify some excessive players as having a mental health condition.
The draft wording of its diagnostic manual says someone has a gaming disorder if ‘gaming takes precedence over other life interests’. The unhealthy behaviour will have had to continue for at least a year before diagnosis is confirmed.

The draft wording of its diagnostic manual says someone has a gaming disorder if ‘gaming takes precedence over other life interests’. The unhealthy behaviour will have had to continue for at least a year before diagnosis is confirmed
The agency has not listed other conditions linked to technology, such as so-called smartphone or internet addiction, due to a lack of evidence they are ‘real disorders’.

However the New Scientist quoted Vladimir Poznyak, at the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse as saying: ‘Health professionals need to recognise that gaming disorder may have serious health consequences.

‘Most people who play video games don’t have a disorder, just like most people who drink alcohol don’t have a disorder either. However, in certain circumstances overuse can lead to adverse effects.’
The WHO said gaming disorder is wider than just video gaming disorder, it will be a subset in its International Classification of Diseases, which was last updated in 1990.

Estimates of the proportion of computer game players who have a problem range from 0.2 per cent to one in five.
The draft wording of the gaming disorder entry also states that sufferers will continue to game even when it leads to ‘negative consequences’.
There have been calls for official recognition of shopping disorder, workaholic disorder and ‘binge-watching disorder’ in recent years.

However a digital report out earlier this month warned children need more education about the risk of technology and protection from ‘auto-play’ functions on computer games which keep them playing by automatically moving to the next level, so that they are less likely to stop.

Action games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto have been found to deplete a key memory centre in the brain called the hippocampus."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5200461/Gaming-disorder-added-mental-health-condition-WHO.html

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I don't have a problem THEY have a problem!

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I don't have a problem THEY have a problem!

+1

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...then I saw dailymail.co.uk at the bottom. LUL

1 year ago
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I googled it and other ones are saying it too.

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As low quality as dailymail is, they're not quite Onion humour, so they sometimes actually pick up on articles other more reputable sources are touching on.

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The developing mind is a helluva drug.

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I laughed too hard at this. Completely ridiculous.

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they should add football to the list.
some people here can't live without it.

religion too.

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:O

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1 year ago
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Cats and religion, two in one
Cat-o-holic :3

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+1

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OMGG

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religion?

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Well, football (both the American one and the real one aka soccer) does damage the brain... 👀
https://lifehacker.com/with-new-proof-that-football-damages-your-brain-resear-1797314988

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+1 for religion, At least in those people that want to shove it down your throat and scream you need to enjoy it!

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Many people literally can't live because of their love for government.

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To be fair people have died from playing for too long without sleep and food. But that's a 1 in a million situation, this makes it seem a lot more prevalent than it actually is.

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Well, anything that takes over and destroys your entire life is a disorder. That they're splitting gaming out on its own from a more general diagnosis probably means that there are treatments that are more specific to gaming than gambling or other addictions.

There'll probably be a bunch of moronic helicopter parents that jump on this just like they did with ADHD, shopping around to get a diagnosis that let them drug their kid up instead of proper parenting, or letting kids be kids.

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Does that actually happen? From what I've seen, it's completely the opposite - parents are super opposed to the idea that their kid might be 'abnormal' and refuse to let them have ADHD medication even when they're struggling and really need it.

On the other hand, the "epidemic" of ADHD is partially caused by teachers blaming any disruptive behavior on ADHD, resulting in misdiagnoses. While quiet kids who have trouble paying attention are ignored and may never get diagnosed.

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"Gaming disorder", that is what I feel when I lose interest in gaming. I look at all the great games in my library and don´t know what to play, everything feels meh =/

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maybe you need someone who will tell you what to do... like a doc or something...

let me try:
PLAY Alien: Isolation!
NOW!

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Lol this is totally me but I eventually get into a single game and play it all without hopping.

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I have a problem with finishing games. Usually with RPGs.

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And that's when the percentage of humans with mental afflictions went from 20% to 80% :P
I got those statistics out of a hat, don't look further xD

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Don't worry, 86.3% of statistics are made up anyway.

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But at the same time, 74.28% of those statistics still hold some level of relevancy!

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yet the cure is very simple: just let them play EA games and they will stop in a hurry.

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I don't have a problem, I can stop when I want to plays dark souls for 6 hours until 2am
Uhhh I wanted to do that.

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That explains Bundle Stars' rebranding into Fanatical.

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If you don't have these "other life interests", you are guaranteed to be in perfect mental health because gaming won't be able to take precedence over them if they don't exist!

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I knew it. Well, if they would have added a cheat console to RL, it never would have come this far. Their fault. Just wait for the in-game Prozac ads.

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"Estimates of the proportion of computer game players who have a problem range from 0.2 per cent to one in five."

That's one hell of a range to come out claiming it's a legitimate "disorder" to enjoy videogames more than real life BS.
What's that? Someone would rather stay home and play a game they like than go outside and interact with people and/or situations that are detrimental to their well-being? That individual is clearly mentally ill. /sarcasm

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someone has a gaming disorder if ‘gaming takes precedence over other life interests’.

You can just do this

someone has a X disorder if ‘X takes precedence over other life interests’.

and apply it to anything ever. Where is the point in this?

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Just use love, family, work or friends as replacement for X. And then watch all these 'junkies'!

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So, the mouse addicted to the beer was right.

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So, the mouse addicted to the beer was right.

Oh, I didn't disagree with the mouse. I just wanted to point out that things usually seen as good or healthy by the society, can become unhealthy or addictions as well, but society is rarely blaming on them or taking care/notice of the addicted victims.

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Like everyone else here I call bullshit on this. "Gaming takes precedence over other life interests" is a stupid af way to define a disorder. They first need to establish that it's abnormal and detrimental to have an overriding interest in one activity. Then they need to establish that excessive gaming itself is a problem, not a symptom of another problem or a coping mechanism. Without that, they're just a bunch of old people who've never played a game, see a bunch of young people spend lots of time gaming, and decide it must be something bad.

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someone has a gaming disorder if ‘gaming takes precedence over other life interests’.

Well shit

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What about "party disorder"? When partying takes precedence over other life interests. Or "hook up disorder", when the sole objective in someone's life is to find random partners to hook up with. Well, yeah. That's completely acceptable by society so let's not give a shit. This bullshit makes me mad, bro. Imagine how many soccer moms will look at this and "diagnose" their kids with this shit.

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"Gaming takes precedence over other life interests" -- I don't find this stupid at all. If you care more about your gaming then daily day to day things we might need a talk. Such as jobless (not looking for work), social isolation (talking in forum or in-game chat isn't being sociable sorry), Health, and etc. When gaming becomes some what all you can think about and desire to do its a problem. If it hard to understand think about other addictions/disorders really no different if you objectively look at it.

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But it was already discovered quite some time ago that addiction to video games is a real deal. Because that's what they're describing here. What a bunch of jokers.

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Gaming disorder is now officially recognized by the World Health Organization

and here's the ICD page that defines the disorder that will go into effect on January 1, 2022.

Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by:

  • 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; and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
  • 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 behaviour may be continuous or episodic and recurrent. The gaming behaviour and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.

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definitely suffered from that before in the past. Not a good time. I hope the addition helps reduce stigma and serves to help the public more.

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dam, there are a lot of defensive comments here. The explanation of the report is pretty clearly more in the sense of addiction that certainly has a lot of precedents, hopefully this will help people realize that they need help. And people who can give help easier to make it understand to other people.

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People are overly defensive...

These kind of addictions are only really classed when they absolutely destroy lives. Situation where any gamer would look at what is going on and say that that is way too messed up...

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Doesn't mean that you can't have an addiction without being in the proverbial gutter though. Just like with any substance, you can be a functioning addict. If gaming starts negatively impacting your life on a regular basis, then odds are you have a mild addiction.

The issue with this community, just like with any community, is that people like the thing they're involved in. We're on a gaming forum, talking about gaming topics, playing games and so on. Now there's a medical term that basically says "Yeah, the thing you like can be harmful" and usually people recognize themselves slipping up in at least one of these points, thinking that they're accused of being addicts. Addiction's a dirty word and it's not a thing you want to be associated with. So, the response will be pretty extreme. But those same people tend to forget the "regular" part of these issues. We've all overindulged in substances or something else at some point in our lives. That doesn't make us addicts.

Just like with anything, gaming and any entertainment can be addictive. We just need to have control over ourselves. But we also can't go as far as to say "Addicts are the ones who are completely messed up already" since that just pushes the idea that we're vulnerable into the fringes of society and there's no point in making gaming into what alcoholism was in the 50s or different drugs were around then as well.

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Its an interesting contrast to the DSM 5 which recognized "internet gaming disorder" as something needed for further research:

There was not sufficient evidence to determine whether the condition is a unique mental disorder or the best criteria to classify it at the time the DSM-5 was published in 2013. However, it recognized internet gaming disorder in the section recommending conditions for further research, along with caffeine use disorder and other conditions.

Source: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/internet-gaming

Evidently WHO initially announced inclusion of gaming disorder back in 2017, but I guess its more official now?

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Thats why it was bumped

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BuT wHaT abOuT insert other thing you can be addicted to?!?!?

Yeah... you can get addicted to things. It's the panic that worries me. Imagine if a heroin user saw that they heroin addiction is a real disorder and they suddenly flipped out and said "WELL WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL AND PLAYING CHESS AND MASTURBATING?!?!?!". You'd think they were unhinged, most likely.

As long as you're in control of yourself and aren't sacrificing your health, social life and academic/work performance, then you're not in the danger zone. Others can be though. I've been in that spot too.
But if you feel threatened by this, then maybe have a look at your habits and think whether you're in a good place or not with this.

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