The Newest “Addiction”

video_gamingVideo games may drive parents crazy, but is playing them excessively a mental health disorder? The World Health Organization (WHO) thinks so.


Are video games really that bad for your health? According to the World Health Organization, video games are so addictive, they require a new classification.

As of today, “gaming disorder” will appear in Internal Classification of Diseases, the organization’s compendium of over 55,000 injuries and medical conditions. For both clinical diagnostics and global health managements, the ICD is widely considered a definitive diagnostic manual.

NBC News added, “Some U.S. experts said it will make little difference when it comes to helping people with the disorder, at least in the United States, but others said it would give legitimacy to a disorder that some people are reluctant to recognize.”

However, as USA Today points out, some mental health experts do not agree with WHO’s decision.

“There was a fairly widespread concern that this is a diagnosis that doesn’t really have a very solid research foundation,” said Christopher Ferguson, a psychologist and media researcher at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. Monday

The American Psychiatric Association held to its earlier position that there was not “sufficient evidence” to consider gaming addiction as a “unique mental disorder.” So did the The Society for Media Psychology and Technology, a division of the American Psychological Association, which earlier this year released a policy statement expressing concern about the WHO’s proposal, saying, “the current research base is not sufficient for this disorder.”

Below are several links to stories on the new “gaming disorder.” Once you’ve had a chance to read a few of them, we’d love to hear what you think. Do you believe video game addiction is a real issue, or do you think more research needs to be done? Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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