With video games becoming more ubiquitous than ever, the World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to take a previously unheard of step: classifying gaming addiction as a legitimate mental health condition. The decision has received both praise and criticism.
World Health Organization set to classify “gaming disorder” as mental health condition, and include it in 11th edit… https://t.co/ohJIcgs3Ly— CGTN (@CGTN) 1529323500.0
It's fun to joke about how much some people play Fortnite, but for some individuals, excessive playing can serve as an indication of deeper issues.
In light of the parental panic about children’s supposed addiction to #Fortnite and other titles, the WHO will cont… https://t.co/Is9AavE6h8— Ronan Price (@Ronan Price) 1529314674.0
Gaming addiction listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organization. Evidence… https://t.co/0UDxpDjmNs— The Conversation (@The Conversation) 1529320301.0
Gaming addiction being recognized by the WHO, others pointed out, could help some individuals recognize and receive treatment for their ailment.
@adrianmrook The World Health Organization is on the verge of officially recognizing gaming disorder, based on thei… https://t.co/iOVZJ82DLc— Cam Adair 🚀 (@Cam Adair 🚀) 1528480288.0
The move means that people will now be able to recieve treatment for their 'gaming disorder' https://t.co/3NrbFHKfem— Buzz.ie (@Buzz.ie) 1529315685.0
Others have approached the move with skepticism.
So "Gaming Disorder" is now actually recognised. If this isn't the wake up call people need that the mental health… https://t.co/EXx0vMV33X— Steve Topple (@Steve Topple) 1529270529.0
#bbcbreakfast gaming disorder sounds ridiculous. Bringing down a whole genre of entertainment because kids are spen… https://t.co/vI1n42qEqs— The Claire Cast (@The Claire Cast) 1529300629.0
Many gamers around the world are simply frustrated at attempts from non-gamers to report––and, in some cases, compartmentalize and even diminish––what gaming culture is actually like.
OMG watching television news "reporting" on the WHO gaming addiction story https://t.co/ET0aiPxQSX— Keith Stuart (@Keith Stuart) 1529321326.0
I mean, at least TRY to interview at least a couple of people who don't, you know, have a direct commercial interes… https://t.co/TrZxMHPJre— Keith Stuart (@Keith Stuart) 1529322025.0
Here, I'll help. In 2016, experts in addiction psychology wrote a letter to the WHO stating "The act of formalizing… https://t.co/rdSonNkBt5— Keith Stuart (@Keith Stuart) 1529322880.0
The future may see real medical diagnoses of "gaming addiction."
A prize for the first person to get a parent using ‘gaming disorder’ to explain attendance or poor punctuality.— Mr B (@Mr B) 1529300075.0
Controversial but overdue. Likely to be the new ADHD - heavily misdiagnosed, stigmatized and weaponized by frustrat… https://t.co/Lryqcxa3tL— Brittany-Marie🦋 (@Brittany-Marie🦋) 1529318009.0
Imagine threatening to call the doc on your Fortnite-addicted friend https://t.co/caPAu77Cli— Ryan Chen (@Ryan Chen) 1529317088.0
Of course, there's a few steps between now and then...
Looks like there’s still a bit to go: “Absolutely anything -- watching too much football on TV, doing too much rese… https://t.co/X7R55SDTZ6— Ryan Chen (@Ryan Chen) 1529317454.0
...but this may be the first step towards treatment for people who actually need it.
The WHO now considers 'gaming disorder' a unique mental health condition https://t.co/1AUDVgosIp— TIME (@TIME) 1529322062.0
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