Video gaming disorder could soon be recognized by the World Health Organization

The American Psychiatric Association had in its diagnostic manual of mental disorders in 2013 identified "Internet gaming disorder" as a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion as a formal disorder.

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In 2014, a 27-year-old Chinese woman suffered sudden death after playing video games for over 10 consecutive hours.

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Some may see the W.H.O.'s new stance on gaming addiction as another example of "political correctness gone mad" and that spending an excessive amount of time playing video games is entirely down to the player's life choices, rather than any genuine medical condition.

"Just during the school year they can't play during the week, and then they can play on the weekends", Prince said.

But could a child get addicted to a video game?

"Gaming Disorder" may soon be classified as an addictive behavior by the World Health Organization, which listed it alongside gambling disorder in a beta draft of its International Classification of Diseases for 2018.

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"In fact, I asked my son today, 'Do you think you're addicted to video games?' And he said hmm, maybe", Prince said.

"There's definitely kids that play a lot more than my kids do-and that's their parents' choice", Prince said. Like with other addictive behavior, increased priority given to the behavior is also a symptom.

"If someone isn't taking care of their body, if someone isn't eating well, if someone is having mood swings and getting anxious or they feel like they're dependent, if they're not using the game or around the game they feel an emptiness", said Kjome.

World Health Organization has been working with the 10 International Classification of Diseases (ICD) since 1990.

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Adding "gaming disorder" to the list means it will be recognized by doctors and insurance companies.


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