It's Now Official: Video Gaming Disorder is a Mental Health Condition!

Khryss | Published 2018-01-10 01:11

A sad and difficult day for gamers.

Now, your mom has the more reason to scold you, doesn't she? But let's not focus on that, okay? Let's see why this is important.

Can you be truly addicted to video games? A question the world has been asking for quite some time. Well, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has now the answer to that: YES.

This year, gaming disorders will be a part of the International Classification of Diseases. This, which is the WHO’s official diagnostic manual was never updated since 1990. But not anymore. So you see, this addition is quite significant.

 “Health professionals need to recognise that gaming disorder may have serious health consequences,” Vladimir Poznyak at the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse told New Scientist.

But just like any other disorder, this has a criteria that has been carefully considered. This includes making gaming a priority “to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests”, and continuing this despite the risk of it being detrimental to your health (e.g. lack of sleep and sustenance). These behaviors should also last for at least a year.

When asked why other technology-based addictions were not being included Poznyak said: “There is simply a lack of evidence that these are real disorders.”

But don't get us wrong, this shouldn't generalize all the gamers. As long as that it doesn't affect you daily life. So, please, don't get the wrong picture here and just attach a stigma to people and trivialize what's considered "real" conditions.

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