Gaming Disorder Added By WHO In Their Guide

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When it comes to video games, Kids are just mad about them. Not only kids but the teenagers and the adults are also mad about video games. Video games can be addictive sometimes. The addiction to video games can probably cause some major health issues or mental issues to the people devoting their time to video games a lot. Addiction to video games has resulted in some deaths before.

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Recently, a teenager died because of the constant playing of the mobile video game named PubG. The World Health Organization also named as WHO has announced that the addiction to video games is going to be known as a mental disorder. As of now, the news says that the statement will come in action by 2022. As per the Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered organization has added: “Gaming disorder” to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems or “ICD-11”.

In the section where all the disorders related to the constant use of any addictive substance or behaviour, video game addiction has been included in the global medical guide. The ICD-11 stands for the “Gaming Disorders” as the use of video games leads to “impaired control over gaming” and an “increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” despite “the occurrence of negative consequences.” As per the organizations that develop video games have asked for a detailed report before calling it a mental disorder as the whole gaming industry is under shock.

There is no need for detailed research to be done on the gaming disorder as it is seen commonly in the millennials and the kids these days as per an international team of more than three dozen mental health researchers in a paper published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

The paper was published last year before WHO announced the addition of the disorder in the guide. One of the researchers, Chris Ferguson, a psychologist and media researcher at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida said on tweeter, “This expansion will likely have a psychological and societal cost, potential harming the well-being of our children.”


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