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"Gaming Disorder" classified as a mental illness by WHO - NHS to offer treatment

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"Gaming Disorder" classified as a mental illness by WHO - NHS to offer treatment

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially added "Gaming Disorder", a mental illness that involves an addiction to video games, to their International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), despite complaints from the entertainment industry. 

With the release of ICD011, governments across the world have been notified of the condition and that they are expected to treat the disease in each of their respective healthcare systems, including the UK and their National Health Service (NHS). The inclusion of "Gaming Disorder" as an independent mental health condition has been sparked by an increasing number of gamers who have suffered from debilitating addiction to video games in recent years across the world. 

Most complaints regarding the conditions included in IDC-11 is the WHO's chosen name for the disorder, as it places a negative connotation in "gaming" in a generalised sense, rather than the addiction aspect of the disease. The term, "Gaming Addiction Disorder" has been proposed as an alternative name, though it seems like the WHO has opted to retain their original title for the disorder.   

Gaming Disorder is a term for those whose life has been severely impacted by an addiction to video games, where those who suffer from the condition will give gaming precedence over other aspects of life like work, different interests, social/family life and nutritional needs.  

The WHO has been clear that "a very small portion of people who are involved in gaming behaviour" and that "gaming disorder is not equivalent to gaming behaviour", creating the video below to explain the condition in greater detail. 




Right now the condition requires affected patients to exhibit symptoms for a 12 months before a diagnosis can be made, ensuring that medical professionals can differentiate between those who excessively game as a hobby and those who genuinely have an addiction disorder. 

The NHS has started treating patients with Gaming Disorder, though at this time specific treatment programs have not been created. Gaming Disorder is characterised by symptoms that are seen in other addictive and anxiety-driven disorders, with established treatments for related conditions acting as the current baseline for treatment for the disorder.  

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18-06-2018, 09:54:59

Daiyus
To me it's the same as any other addiction which in my opinion (as a non-medical professional) doesn't need to be separated as a specific disease.

Somebody can be addicted to anything to the point it impacts their ability to function; games, porn, gambling, sex, alcohol, etc. Anything that gives that person a reason to do it to the exclusion of other necessary elements of life, which can vary from the obvious such as substance abuse to the weird random stuff that we all hear about from time to time.

Of course how you treat these diseases varies not only on the item or activity that it is based around but also on the individual as well. I just hope that this helps those with a genuine problem and doesn't tarnish those of us who have gaming as a central hobby in our lives yet are still functioning members of society.Quote

18-06-2018, 11:15:05

TheF34RChannel
I wonder if they classify and offer the same treatment for kids that play soccer every day... I didn't think so...Quote

18-06-2018, 11:48:53

Legacy-ZA
You no take candle!Quote

18-06-2018, 12:18:46

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daiyus View Post
To me it's the same as any other addiction which in my opinion (as a non-medical professional) doesn't need to be separated as a specific disease.

Somebody can be addicted to anything to the point it impacts their ability to function; games, porn, gambling, sex, alcohol, etc. Anything that gives that person a reason to do it to the exclusion of other necessary elements of life, which can vary from the obvious such as substance abuse to the weird random stuff that we all hear about from time to time.

Of course how you treat these diseases varies not only on the item or activity that it is based around but also on the individual as well. I just hope that this helps those with a genuine problem and doesn't tarnish those of us who have gaming as a central hobby in our lives yet are still functioning members of society.
I think it is more aimed at those failing school/dropping out, or losing jobs etc, simply because they can't tear themselves away from the screen for longer than 5mins.

Old friend of mine became so hooked in WoW that he did indeed drop out of university. He's doing ok now, but 4 years of school fees that need to be repaid for nothing... In my eyes it should be recognised. Asia has it worse. 14 year old kills a 12yr old girl for her earrings to pay for internet gaming. It isn't a rare occurance there. Theft and crime to fund gaming is rife.Quote

19-06-2018, 11:52:41

demonking
hmmmmm
I am all over the place about this.
This is an addiction, addictions in most case are formed due to other circumstances, normally other parts of life. You either get addicted to the enjoyment or you turn to it as a release, making sure that it doesn't become a problem is all in self control.
It is a problem, It is an addiction but did it need its own label? I mean treatment would be the same as any other psychological addictions.
Or are we going to wean people off using less addictive games or something???Quote
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