Too much gaming could be labeled as mental health condition

Gaming disorder to be named a mental health condition for the first time

The World Health Organization is considering adding "gaming disorder" to the list of mental health conditions in its next update of the International Classification of Diseases.

Business Insider released an article saying "gaming disorders" could be classified as a mental health condition. In other words, obsessively playing video games can be addicting as gamers get wrapped up in alternate realities.

Last year, dozens of psychologists, including Ferguson, penned a grave article in response to the WHO's proposal to list gaming disorder.

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. For others, however, the lure of video games can become an issue, hindering other aspects of their life and leading to addictive behaviors similar to those with an addiction to gambling.

Although it's rare, gamers have died during marathon gaming sessions, according to the Washington Post. Public health experts also use the ICD to track the number of deaths and diseases. "It is not necessarily addiction, just something that makes them happy".

Bobbi Burks is a counselor who specializes in addiction therapy. The facility is full until April, 2018.

"The new ICD-11 entry on gaming disorder "includes only a clinical description and not prevention and treatment options" said Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO". Playing Guild Wars 2 in complete solitude for a year isn't a lot like getting blackout drunk at a bar every single night of that same year.

The lead director of the study, Dr. Andrew Przybylski, said that the study provided evidence of "the potential new problem of 'internet gaming disorder'". "Because people don't understand it, they haven't regarded it as a real problem", she explained.

Rewari added he had friends that were failing school because of video game addiction.

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