"Gaming Disorder" to be classified as a mental health disorder in 2018

FILE- Two boys playing video games

According to the marketing group NPD, video game console spending in the U.S.is up 27 percent from previous year, up to $1.9 billion.

The behaviour pattern of obsessive gaming could lead to an impairment in your personal life, job or education, according to the WHO.

The entry says gaming disorder may manifest as impaired control over gaming frequency, intensity and duration, increasing priority given to gaming over other life interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

Symptoms of the disorder include a strong desire to play video games, increased time spent playing and withdrawal symptoms when games are taken away.

In their proposed 11th version which is set to release in 2018, a new "gaming disorder" is listed as a mental health condition under 'Disorders due to substance use or addictive behaviors'.

Video game addiction will be classified as an official mental health condition next year.

The wording of the gaming disorder hasn't been revealed yet.

But problematic gaming may also serve as a dysfunctional coping mechanism for some, according to the Nottingham Trent researchers.

While gaming addiction is not included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, internet gaming disorder does appear as a problem to continue monitoring for possible future inclusion. According to Forbes, "video games can be a safe way of improving hand-eye coordination, enhancing problem-solving abilities, relieving stress, connecting people, and living out fantasies". The WHO did not specify how many hours classifies as "excessive", and there isn't yet a specified treatment.

Rewari added he had friends that were failing school because of video game addiction.

The behavior is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior. For nearly 30 years people's lifestyles have changed and that includes the growth of gaming in most people's lives. It could contribute to a stigma around gaming that affects healthy gamers.

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