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Professor commends decision to classify gaming addiction as mental health disorder

Professor commends decision to classify gaming addiction as mental health disorder

Gentile found that almost 9 percent of children who play video games develop what's called "gaming addiction".

"Gaming disorder is characterised by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour ('digital gaming" or "video-gaming'), which may be online or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences".

The research also found similar numbers globally.

ICD is the foundation for the identification of health trends and statistics globally, and the global standard for reporting diseases and health conditions.

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In its first update since 1992, the World Health Organisation added "gaming disorder" as an addictive behaviour to its International Classification of Diseases.

Not everyone would agree with my opinion, though, and some organisations exist both in the United Kingdom and around the world to support people who have compulsive gaming behaviour.

Other researchers and specialists have described why they believe gaming should not be classified as a separate disorder.

In short, WHO has officially declared video game addiction a mental health disorder. So what is gaming addiction? However, if symptoms are severe and all requirements are met, health care professionals may include people who have been playing for shorter periods of time, the draft reads.Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO, said the new ICD-11 entry on gaming disorder "includes only a clinical description and not prevention and treatment options". This would be "a good thing", he said.Gentile has studied gaming disorder since 1999 and "at that time I was trying to show that it wasn't a problem", he said. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than two billion people around the world enjoy video games. In a recent statement released by the association, it is urging the WHO to reverse its decision and instead focus on real health issues.

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