Excessive gaming classified as Mental Disorder – WHO

I was on transit in a public bus one night and beside me was a young lady. As soon as the bus set in motion, she brought out her mobile phone and started playing games. She neither lifted her head nor looked around until we arrived the last bus stop when the bus conductor shouted, “Everybody get down, this is the last bus stop!”. She looked up in amazement because she suddenly realized she had missed her bus stop several miles behind.

In recent times, more and more people are getting addicted to gaming. It used to be “a child’s thing”, but with the advent of android phones even adults are gradually becoming addicted to gaming. But in 2018, people who indulge in excessive gaming may soon find themselves being diagnosed with mental  disorder.

World Health Organization (WHO), in the beta draft of its forthcoming 11th international Classification of Diseases, stated that  “gaming disorder” will officially be added  to its list of mental illnesses in 2018. This disorder as  defined by WHO is a “persistent or recurrent” behavior pattern of “sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”

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Does it mean everyone who enjoys playing games is at risk of being diagnosed with mental disorder? Daphne Bavelier, a professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, told Forbs Magazine it depends on the game, how often and how long you play it.

“And some video games can improve hand-eye coordination, enhance problem-solving abilities, relieve stress and connect people”, said Bavelier.

A suspected case of game disorder must be “normally evident over a period of at least 12 months” for this diagnosis to be made, according to the beta draft guidance. However, if symptoms are severe and all requirements are met, health care professionals may include people who have been playing for shorter periods of time, the draft reads.

The condition said to be  most common in males between the ages of 12 and 20.

Are you obsessed with playing video games and giving priority to gaming over daily activities? Watch it! you could have a mental disorder.

Also Read: Blame it on YOU not the Smartphone!

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