Excessive video gaming to be named mental health disorder

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It is important to stress that since the document is only a draft at this stage, there's a fair chance that some alterations will be made to the wording of the description, the name of the condition or how doctors might diagnose Gaming Disorder. 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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"We just don't think it's a good idea to let them spend hours playing video games", said Knoxville mother Meredith Prince.

But could a child get addicted to a video game?

"Inclusion of a disorder in ICD is a consideration which countries take into account when making decisions on provision of health care and allocation of resources for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation", he said.

Heads up gamers: when applying for health insurance in the future, you may have to file your gaming addiction as a pre-existing condition, because the World Health Organization (WHO) has included "gaming disorder" on its beta draft of the 2018 list of mental health conditions. Like any other form of entertainment, video games are created to keep players coming back for more.

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"There's definitely kids that play a lot more than my kids do-and that's their parents' choice", Prince said.

Sharma and his colleagues have seen dozens of young people - the youngest a 11-year-old and the oldest a 20-year-old - over the past three years at the Nimhans Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic, the first exclusively for patients with technology-related addictive behaviour.

"I don't want them to begin anything like that this early in life-to feel like they have to have something", Prince said.

World Health Organization has been working with the 10 International Classification of Diseases (ICD) since 1990.

The draft lists "impaired control" over gaming as one symptom.

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