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

Gaming Disorder Now Real? Why You Shouldn't Get Your Health News from Forbes

Business Insider released an article saying "gaming disorders" could be classified as a mental health condition.

The World Health Organization will add "gaming disorder" to its 2018 version of the International Classification of Diseases, the first time the WHO is updating the document in almost three decades.

Does Everyone Who Likes to Play Video Games Have Gaming Disorder? The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) said in a beta draft, if they connect gaming habits to addictive behaviors, it could be labeled as such.

It's characterized by persistent video game playing that takes precedence over other life interests and activities.

Not everyone who plays video games has gaming disorder. According to Forbes, "video games can be a safe way of improving hand-eye coordination, enhancing problem-solving abilities, relieving stress, connecting people, and living out fantasies".


The Independent reports that only 2 to 3 percent gamers reported five or more symptoms associated with gaming disorder, according to a 2016 University of Oxford study of 19,000 gamers in Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada.

- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your gaming? The WHO did not specify how many hours classifies as "excessive", and there isn't yet a specified treatment.

Psychology Today reports that "Internet gaming disorder" is not officially recognized in the by the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) mental diagnostic book, the DSM-5, but that the APA may include it in later editions.

Avid gamer Hannah Jones says video games are more about relaxation.

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