Do you schedule your life around your video game playing? Do you spend countless hours zoned in on a game, and zoned out from reality? Does your diet primarily consist of Hot Pockets and delivery pizza so cooking doesn’t interfere with your video gaming?
You might be a video game addict.
If you think you, or someone you know, are playing video games too much, you just might be right.
The World Health Organization is poised to classify “gaming disorder” as a mental health problem.
The draft reads,
“gaming disorder can be diagnosed if it “The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.”
“The gaming behavior and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.”
The appearance of gaming disorder in the ICD-11 may have broader implications than we think.
After all, it is this document that stipulates the international standard for what does and doesn’t quality as a health condition, which means that doctors could soon diagnose patients with gaming disorder, and insurance companies could extend coverage for treatment of the ailment (though it’s unclear how that would manifest itself), and increasing the number of people trying to get on disability welfare.
According to the draft of WHO’s 2018 International Classification of Diseases,
“The disorder is not characterized by playing a video game here or there, but rather by lack of ability to control when one games, “increasing priority give to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” and continuing to game avidly despite having negative consequences for doing so,”
The draft statement also says problem behavior is
“normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.”
No decision has as yet been made as to whether gaming disorder will indeed be included as part of the 2018 ICD.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 26th, 2017
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