Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

Jun 20, 2018 | General

“Gaming disorder” included in WHO’s 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD)

The last version of the ICD was completed in 1992, with the new guide due to be published in 2018.

It will suggest that abnormal gaming behaviour should be in evidence over a period of at least 12 months “for a diagnosis to be assigned” but added that period might be shortened “if symptoms are severe”.

 Symptoms include:

  • impaired control over gaming (frequency, intensity, duration)
  • increased priority given to gaming
  • continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences

Many psychiatrists refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the fifth edition of which was published in 2013.

In that, internet gaming disorder is listed as a “condition for further study”, meaning it is not officially recognised.

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