The World Health Organization is researching how much addiction has to do with video gaming.
The WHO charactised a gaming disorder as a "pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour" both on or offline.
Putting that category of activities on the list would give doctors and mental health professionals a way to officially diagnose someone with the condition. Daphne Bavelier, a professor at the University of Geneva said, depending on the game, and how long and often you play it, video games can be a safe way of improving hand-eye coordination, enhancing problem-solving abilities, relieving stress, connecting people, and living out fantasies, Forbes reported.
A World Health Organization spokesperson pointed to the prevalence of gaming. 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. It was last updated 27 years ago, in 1990.
Standard treatment for technology-associated addictive behaviour, he said, involves quantifying gaming patterns, assessing dysfunctions and motivating patients to initially change lifestyles to reduce gaming durations.
Can excessive video gaming become a health hazard?It also lists conditions medical personnel can use to decide if a gamer's behaviour can be described as a mental health disorder.
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Although it's rare, gamers have died during marathon gaming sessions, according to the Washington Post. It could also waste public health resources spurred by an echo of the '90s moral panic around games.
For the vast majority of gamers, of course, this doesn't develop into a genuine problem. Cosette Rae, who co-founded ReSTART, a facility for treating internet and gaming addiction, sees 32 patients a day. Publicly recognizing their struggle to find balance could make a big difference for them.
The WHO's classification of Gaming Disorder as a mental health disorder is expected to be official some time in 2018, when ICD-11 is released.
"It's hard for the two groups of people to understand what each other is going through", she said.
"You can get immersed in whatever you do if you really love it", he said. "Because people don't understand it, they haven't regarded it as a real problem", she explained. They have experience in breaking this habit.
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