Too Much Gaming Could Lead to Mental Health Disorder

Posted December 29, 2017

Yesterday, when a draft of the World Health Organization's 2018 worldwide classification of diseases made the rounds, readers raised an eyebrow at one entry in particular: 6D11, or "gaming disorder".

According to ABC, the update is not meant to suggest that anyone who plays video games is harboring a mental-health disorder.

Tne of the World Health Organization's (WHO) says excessive video gaming is a mental health disorder.

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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.

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It may be either "continuous or episodic and recurrent", and, while typically diagnosed following "a period of at least 12 months" of evidence, has no concrete time requirement.

Researchers are still trying to understand the activity's risks and effects, since it has only recently become such a common pastime - 63% of United States households contain at least one "frequent gamer", a trait that didn't exist a couple of generations ago. It's likely that substantially more research regarding Gaming Disorder/IGD will be conducted in the coming years, as researchers begin to gain a better psychological understanding of the disorder. Gamers believe that video gaming is akin to hobbies or professions. Public health experts also use the ICD to track the number of deaths and diseases.

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For the vast majority of gamers, of course, this doesn't develop into a genuine problem.

Bobbi Burks is a counselor who specializes in addiction therapy. "It is not necessarily addiction, just something that makes them happy". The facility is full until April, 2018. It is the first time that the ICD has included an entry for gaming, placing it in the same category as the disorders related to drugs, alcohol and gambling. 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. Obsession can lead to other unhealthy habits, she said.

Prince and her two sons have an understanding. "They dismiss what this person is experiencing".

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"I do see how you might get a little addiction to a video game", Prince said.