Too Much Screen Time? The WHO is Naming Excessive Video-Gaming a Mental Problem

Too Much Screen Time? The WHO is Naming Excessive Video-Gaming a Mental Problem

Constantly wanting to reach that next level and game more is now being seen as a disorder that could require treatment.

Are they always in front of that screen, gaming away? Maybe it’s your partner, your kids or someone else. If you think it’s a problem, you’re not alone- the World Health Organization (WHO) agrees with you.

This month, the WHO announce it will be declaring excessive video gaming an actual mental disorder in 2018, and adding it to its International Classification of Diseases.

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It’s called “gaming disorder” and described as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour… which may be online…or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming…; 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

Basically, it’s like this: if you or someone you know plays video games so much so that it interferes with their personal, educational or professional life, it could be a clinical problem. It could be an on-going problem or a recurrent one-meaning it comes and goes.

Whatever the type, it can be diagnosed by a doctor.

What treatment options exist? Behavior modification therapies are available in various areas of the U.S. These involve a variety of strategies that can help to steer those addicted away from their habits, and onto a better-or more balanced- use of their time.

Know someone with a problem? Talk to your doctor for further help.

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