Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

    Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

    Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

    Posted: 02 Jan 2018

    Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition "gaming disorder".

    The draft document describes it as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour so severe that it takes "precedence over other life interests".

    Some countries had already identified it as a major public health issue.

    Many, including the UK, have private addiction clinics to "treat" the condition.

    The last version of the ICD was completed in 1992, with the new guide due to be published in 2018.

    The guide contains codes for diseases, signs and symptoms and is used by doctors and researchers to track and diagnose disease.

    It will suggest that abnormal gaming behaviour should be in evidence over a period of at least 12 months "for a diagnosis to be assigned" but added that period might be shortened "if symptoms are severe".

    Symptoms include:

    • impaired control over gaming (frequency, intensity, duration)
    • increased priority given to gaming
    • continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences

    Read more: Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO - BBC News
    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    02 Jan 2018

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    I'm not an addict!!! I just play like... 18 hours a day! I sit on my WC to not loose time taking a dump... excersice? Is't the Wii Trainer Girl supposed to help me on that? I'm covered! :V

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