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Video game players can become addicted

Video game players can become addicted

In the newly issued WHO's International Classification of Diseases catalogue, which classifies more than 55,000 diseases, injuries and causes of death, "gender incongruence" is now listed under "conditions related to sexual health", instead of "mental, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders".

For a diagnosis, the behavior pattern should last at least 12 months, though the World Health Organization is proposing exceptions in severe cases.

"The pattern of gaming [behavior] may be continuous or episodic and recurrent", a report added. If you are a video game enthusiast or at least know others that love to spend hours playing games you might be interested in the three major diagnostic features or characteristics of gaming disorder.

The concept of video game addiction is nearly as old as gaming itself, but it's only this month that there's been any attempt to formally acknowledge it as a specific mental health problem. In addition, ICD is the standard for worldwide reports on the diseases.

According to the World Health Organization, the disorder can be either online or offline, and typically evident over a period of twelve months.




'I think it's controversial because this is an area that everyone from the gaming industry - but also in the mental health profession - would deem requires further study before any such outcome could be categorically agreed on, ' she said. The research supporting inclusion is highly contested and inconclusive.

Dr Say said while listening to patient groups was crucial, the decision was formed based on reviewed scientific evidence and feedback from the professional health community. They should also watch out for any physical or psychological changes that might be attributed to their gaming behaviour. Anthony Bean, a licensed psychologist and executive director at The Telos Project, argues that gaming "more as a coping mechanism for either anxiety or depression".

Saxena said parents and friends of video game enthusiasts should still be mindful of a potentially harmful problem. It's also when that gamer also can not control their behavior. For example, if they stop socializing with people or going to work.

"A lot of people use games recreationally, use games for educational purposes.But for a subset of people, this becomes compulsive and really addictive", Dr. Petros Levounis with Rutgers Medical School said. Some people might find this placement apt as video games were already being called "digital drugs" by concerned parents and health specialists.


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