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Video game players may have huge mental problems

27 December 2017

Gaming Disorder will be added to the official list of diseases by WHO. "The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent", the description of the disorder continued.

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Another red flag is when someone chooses games over other interests in life and keeps playing despite negative consequences.

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This means that health care workers and doctors will be able to diagnose someone with the condition.

There has been much debate over the years regarding whether or not video game addiction is a real thing, with this new classification acknowledging that obsessive gaming is a medically treatable disorder.

Gaming only becomes a problem when it causes "impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning", the World Health Organization said.

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A final decision on including "gaming disorder" as a mental health disorder has not been made.

There are many other studies leading up to the ICD-11 classification of gaming disorder that demonstrates a correlation between high-frequency of video gaming behavior, impulsivity, and attention problems.

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Video game players may have huge mental problems