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WHO Adds Gaming Disorder In Their Guide


Video games are very common among the young generation of our planet. Video games are fun to play indeed, but it is being said that video games may lead to some serious addiction problem and recently WHO which stands for the World Health Organization has declared that the addition of video games is officially a mental disorder.

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The statement will go in action from the year 2022 as the Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered organization has added: “Gaming disorder” to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems or “ICD-11”. This condition of addictive gaming has been added to the in the global medical guide in the section which includes the disorders which cause due to the use of any addictive substance or addictive behaviour including “Gambling disorder”.

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.”

The video game industries are all shook up as they and other health officials think that WHO has claimed the disorder without performing any sort of research. 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.”