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For many years, parents have raised concerns that their child might be addicted to video games.
Now, a new ruling by the World Health Organization (WHO) gives credence to those beliefs, as the agency agreed this weekend to recognize gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.
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To be diagnosed with this disorder, people must be playing video games so much that it 'takes precedence over other life interests.'
The change has been reflected in the WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a list used by health providers as a guideline for diagnosing patients.
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Gaming disorder falls under the WHO's list of 'mental, behavioral or neurodevelopmental disorders' and closely mirrors the language used by the WHO to describe 'gambling disorder.'
The definition says gaming disorder is characterized by a 'pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior ("digital gaming" or "video-gaming"), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline.'
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A person who suffers from gaming disorder may have trouble controlling how often they play video games, how long each session lasts, as well as quitting a game, among other things.
More importantly, those with gaming disorder give increasing priority to video games 'over other life interests and daily activities, as well as a 'continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences.'
Cases - Person - Disorder - Symptoms
In most cases, a person is diagnosed with gaming disorder after showing symptoms for...
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