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Dec262017

WHO to list 'gaming disorder' for people affected by excessive video game playing

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is drafting its upcoming 11th update of International Clarification of Diseases and will list "gaming disorder" for people who play an excessive amount of video games, according to US News and World Report.

Gaming disorder is currently being drafted as saying:

"A pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior ('digital gaming' or 'video-gaming'), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 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."

According to the report, doctors and health care workers can now diagnose patients with such a condition.

The length of time playing the game, how often someone plays, and the specific game or games they are playing all factor into being diagnosed.

The WHO's gaming disorder definition applies to people when a medical professional determines the activity causes "impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning."

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