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World Health Organization adds video game addiction to diagnostic manual

World Health Organization adds video game addiction to diagnostic manual”

"We just don't think it's a good idea to let them spend hours playing video games", said Knoxville mother Meredith Prince.

"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", the gaming-relevant section states.

The behavior is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior.

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Notable traits include patients prioritising gaming over "life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences".

The world at large seems to be paying attention to video games this year. It is unclear if symptoms that involve problematic video gaming behavior should be reified as a new disorder, or are the expression of underlying mental conditions.

Those who play video games compulsively for long periods of time may be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Like with other addictive behavior, increased priority given to the behavior is also a symptom.

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"Inclusion of a disorder in ICD is a consideration which countries take into account when making decisions on provision of health care and allocation of resources for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation", he said.

Medrano understands how addiction to gaming can happen. First, the current approaches to understanding "gaming addiction" are rooted in substance abuse research and approaches do not necessarily translate to media consumption. The analysis, which appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry revealed that around 3 percent of people playing video game turn their hobby into an addiction. "Gaming, in general for me, it's something you have fun, you know, play all sorts of games like Pokémon".

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