What is gaming disorder? Do you need to worry?

What is gaming disorder? Do you need to worry?

What is gaming disorder? Do you need to worry?

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Last year, a study from almost 30 academics opposed the gaming disorder classification, saying their addiction was best viewed as a coping mechanism associated with underlying problems such as anxiety or depression.

Many parents will have thought it for a long time, but they now have a new argument to limit their children's "screen time" after addiction to video games was recognised as a mental health disorder.

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Most interventions or treatments for gaming disorder are "based on the principles and methods of cognitive behavioral therapy", he said. In a way it's similar to the DSM, or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

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Among the concerns of skeptics is the possibility that, by explicitly codifying gaming addiction, it could end up heaping further stigma on video games in general.

Separately, the WHO listed "hazardous gaming", which is when a pattern of gaming "appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to this individual or others around this individual".

Classifying addictive gaming as a disorder is a controversial topic.

So what is gaming disorder?

Game over, so to speak, is to "significantly reduce the current gaps in knowledge that we have when it comes to the prevalence of these conditions and when it comes to their nature and management".

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You can watch and listen to more about the organization's classification in the video below.

World Health Organization officials say statistics, mainly from East and South Asian countries, show only a very small two to three percent of people are addicted to Gaming. Anthony Bean, a licensed psychologist and executive director at The Telos Project, argues that gaming "more as a coping mechanism for either anxiety or depression".

"We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart", said Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioural addictions at Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists.

"I think in the modern era, and how kids interact with their friends, it's no different than going out and playing out with them", Rairdin said.

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