Disorder tag on gaming

Gaming Disorder is an official mental condition according to the WHO

The WHO listed mental disorder associated with video gaming as a serious condition.

The WHO's eleventh worldwide diagnostic manual is due in 2018.

Do you devote a significant portion of your life to video games? Surprisingly, internet and mobile devices have yet to be included in this list, but it seems to only be a matter of time, as the gaming addiction definition has been in the works longer.

Business Insider released an article saying "gaming disorders" could be classified as a mental health condition. The disorder could include adverse online and offline behavior tied to excessive video game activity, World Health Organization spokesperson Tarik Jašarević said.

World Health Organization spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said that game disorder is not limited to time spent in front of screens.

Can excessive video gaming become a health hazard?

Avid gamer Hannah Jones says video games are more about relaxation.




Though the disorder has not yet been named, the WHO's manual will include a description.

Originally founded in 1948, the World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, aims to "build a better, healthier future" with their involvement in worldwide public health across the globe.

But problematic gaming may also serve as a dysfunctional coping mechanism for some, according to the Nottingham Trent researchers.

On the positive side, research has shown that game playing can relieve stress, improve problem-solving abilities, and enhance traits like eye-hand coordination.

The Oxford study concluded that Internet use can lead to addiction and can have a negative impact on a person's health, private and social life. The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.

The UT student makes a social event out of his hobby choosing games that allow for his friends to join in.

Ask veteran gamers whether it's possible to get too hooked on a game and they might have stories of a World of Warcraft raiding buddy who used to pee in a can that lived next to his Alienware tower.

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