However, the formal decision to recognise the overuse of games as a mental health condition has been depicted as an overreaction.
The first one is when gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities.
Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. A mental health professional would also address problematic thoughts associated with either stopping playing or the thoughts that keep them gaming, he says.
The American Psychiatric Association has not recognized gaming addiction as a mental illness. The obsessive pattern should be evident through a period of 12 months during which the individual's personal, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning is severely affected because of the activity. Many of people on social media have said how stupid this is to have an addiction for gaming.
But experts say parents of video game enthusiasts shouldn't panic.
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Additionally, WHO lists both online and offline gaming as a disorder, but the former can be an enriching experience as users can forge friendships and even romantic relationships through multiplayer games.
Others welcomed WHO's new classification, saying it was critical to identify people hooked on video games quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who don't seek help themselves.
About 2.6 billion people around the globe play video games on a regular basis, and while it has been proven that gaming can be beneficial, many people have also become addicted.
"We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart", said Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioral addictions at Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The ICD identifies about 55,000 separate injuries, diseases, conditions and causes of death, and is widely used as a benchmark for diagnoses and health insurance. This is as per the draft of the new document that was released past year. "However, their prevalence has been increasing to such an alarming degree that we welcome the official World Health Organization recognition as it can help propel further research and provision of services".