Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Video Game Addiction Classified As A Disorder By World Health Organization

Video Game Addiction Classified As A Disorder By World Health Organization

In their latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which is ICD-11, World Health Organization or WHO has classified addiction of games as a mental disorder.

The inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11, adds WHO, follows the development of treatment programmes for people with health conditions identical to those characteristic of gaming disorder in many parts of the world.

Ultimately though, not everyone is on board with gaming disorders being considered a mental health condition.

"Experts worldwide are urging caution regarding the World Health Organization's proposed "gaming disorder" as it may lead to misdiagnosis of real mental health conditions", The Entertainment Software Association, which represents many gaming companies, argued in a statement today. It describes the disorder as impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities.

An estimated 60 percent of Americans play games every day and the average age of players is 34-years-old.

According to the symptoms of the condition, a patient is supposed to show signs of lack of self-control regarding engagement in gaming activities, making preference of gaming over other activities of importance as well as the escalation of gaming activities into personal life.

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The classification is set out in the organisation's reference work of recognised and diagnosable diseases, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). In ICD-11, these move to the sexual health section.

"You want to actually figure out what is missing in all these life areas that maybe the person is avoiding, and when they play it's a way to escape that and not feel stressed out or anxious or worried", Kaufmann said. Anthony Bean, a licensed psychologist, tells CNN that in his experience, those addicted to gaming are using it more as a coping mechanism for either anxiety or depression.

Dr. Mark Griffiths, who had been researching the concept of video gaming disorder for 30 years, said the new classification would help legitimize the problem and strengthen treatment strategies.

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Among the other changes to the ICD-11 are a new chapter on traditional medicine, the first time it has been included in the document.

What has the organization previously said about video game addiction?

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