Digital Heroin: ‘Gaming Disorder’ Is Officially Classified as a Mental Illness, Check If Your Kid Is Affected + 3 Signs of Condition

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“Gaming disorder” is now considered a mental health disorder, according to the World Health Organization. However, some countries don’t want to recognize it as a mental condition.

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What’s ‘gaming disorder’?

The World Health Organization (WHO) added the gaming disorder to the 11th edition of its International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD), that includes classification of different health conditions.

“Disorders due to addictive behaviors are recognizable and clinically significant syndromes associated with distress or interference with personal functions that develop as a result of repetitive rewarding behaviors other than the use of dependence-producing substances,” writes the WHO.

“Disorders due to addictive behaviors include gambling disorder and gaming disorder, which may involve both online and offline behavior,” it adds.

Nevertheless, the prevalence of gaming disorder is quite low. WHO member Vladimir Poznyak states, “Millions of gamers around the world, even when it comes to the intense gaming, would never qualify as people suffering from gaming disorder.”

3 symptoms of gaming disorder

Source: GrabOnRent

If you’re worried about your beloved one, check out these first signs of gaming disorder, written by WHO:

  1. Impaired control over gaming (e.g. onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context);
  2. Increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities;
  3. Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences;

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Digital Heroin: ‘Gaming Disorder’ Is Officially Classified as a Mental Illness, Check If Your Kid Is Affected + 3 Signs of Condition
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Digital Heroin: ‘Gaming Disorder’ Is Officially Classified as a Mental Illness, Check If Your Kid Is Affected + 3 Signs of Condition
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“Gaming disorder” is now considered a mental health disorder, according to the World Health Organization. However, some countries don't want to recognize it as a mental condition.
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