Too Much Gaming Could Lead to Mental Health Disorder

Gaming disorder as described by the World Health Organization is "characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior", including not feeling like you have control over how much you play, putting gaming over other life priorities, and continuing to play games despite negative consequences. The upcoming 11th update of the diagnostic manual called ICD-11 is set to publish in 2018.

Gaming covers any activity from playing Two Dots on your iPhone to sitting down in front of a custom-built gaming PC for hours.

Some studies suggest that the same brain circuits involved in drug addiction may also be activated when individuals are engrossed in Internet gaming.

A tentative draft of the ICD defines gaming disorder as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior, which may be online or offline". In other words, it has to be intense enough to harm personal relationships or interfere with school or work.

The UT student makes a social event out of his hobby choosing games that allow for his friends to join in.

However, the American Psychological Association counters this view, finding it to be controversial and perhaps too early to say.

The inclusion does not mean that playing games is itself a problem, but should be looked at in context of how much, where and why someone plays.

In 2015, a 17-year-old Russian boy was rushed to hospital and died after falling into a coma while playing video games nearly continuously for 22 days, only stopping to sleep and eat. But for some people online, it was hard for them to take the addition seriously. Research also shows that gaming can quicken decision making. Substance abuse is its own classification set under the World Health Organization list.

Avid gamer Hannah Jones says video games are more about relaxation. According to Forbes, "video games can be a safe way of improving hand-eye coordination, enhancing problem-solving abilities, relieving stress, connecting people, and living out fantasies".

But hey, here's the good part... we think?

Yet people can struggle to find a healthy balance with gaming.

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