"After consulting with experts across the world, and reviewing evidence in an exhaustive manner, we decided that this condition should be added", Shekhar Saxena, director of the WHO's department of mental health and substance abuse, told AFP. It is believed that 3% of gamers will be affected by this disorder.
Clinicians have also debated the validity of establishing a gaming disorder, as it shares many characteristics with other addictive disorders. This time, concerns go all the way to the World Health Organization.
"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. Many of people on social media have said how stupid this is to have an addiction for gaming.
The American Psychiatric Association has not yet deemed gaming disorder to be a new mental health problem. The research supporting inclusion is highly contested and inconclusive. "The gaming prompts a neurological response that influences feelings of pleasure and reward, and the result, in the extreme, is manifested as addictive behavior".
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Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities.
For instance, some people working on stroke have always been pushing for it to be moved from circulatory diseases, where it has been for 6 decades, into neurological disease, where it now sits in ICD-11.
Hazardous gaming refers to a pattern of gaming, either online or offline that appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to the individual or to others around this individual. Cases similar to hers, where people place essential body functions such as eating and using the bathroom lower on their survival list than playing video games, are not rare.
This decision by the World Health Organization intends to encourage those whose lives are negatively effected by video games to come forward and seek help.