Mental Disorder Associated With Video Gaming?

According to recent data at least 63 percent of U.S. households include at least one frequent gamer

The World Health Organization is reportedly set to include "Gaming Disorder" in their list of mental health conditions in 2018.

"I do see how you might get a little addiction to a video game", Prince said. Surprisingly, internet and mobile devices have yet to be included in this list, but it seems to only be a matter of time, as the gaming addiction definition has been in the works longer.

This means that health care workers and doctors will be able to diagnose someone with the condition.

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To warrant a diagnosis of such a disorder, one shall have "impaired control over gaming" and give "increasing priority to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities" and continue gaming "despite the occurrence of negative effect", according to the draft.

So, when exactly does gaming become hazardous to your health? That said, "Internet Gaming Disorder" was also proposed for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013, but was ultimately slated for further study because of a lack of evidence supporting its inclusion.

A World Health Organization spokesperson pointed to the prevalence of gaming.

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"We just don't think it's a good idea to let them spend hours playing video games", said Knoxville mother Meredith Prince.

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

But problematic gaming may also serve as a dysfunctional coping mechanism for some, according to the Nottingham Trent researchers. He explained that, early in psychologists' debates about gaming addiction, some compared apparent victims' compulsive behaviors to substance abusers'. Signs include gaming getting in the way of a job, school, or spending time with family and friends.

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Many well-adjusted individuals play video games, and they do not have a mental disorder.

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