The World Health Organization could classify 'gaming disorder' as an official condition

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If so, then you might be at risk of developing a mental health condition that's been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Manifestations might appear, and these consist in the powerlessness and incapability to show control when it comes to how to play computer games and for how long it takes.

Symptoms include not being able to control when and how you play video games, or choosing games over other interests in life, even when there's negative consequences.

The behavior is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior.

According to the World Health Organization, gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent gaming behaviour, which may be online or offline and evident over a period of at least 12 months.

The organisation, in the beta draft of its 11th global classification of diseases, includes gaming disorder in its list of mental health conditions.

The American Psychological Association claimed that playing video games can impact a child's learning, health, and social skills.

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Health care employees and doctors can now diagnose patients with the condition. The WHO's definition of gaming disorder could inspire an inaccurate diagnosis when, in fact, gaming could just be a coping mechanism for something already known.

The Independent reports that only 2 to 3 percent gamers reported five or more symptoms associated with gaming disorder, according to a 2016 University of Oxford study of 19,000 gamers in Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada.

Martin believes online gaming, where there isn't necessarily a reset button and can lead to gaming times which can end up unlimited, are different than old school gaming he grew up on.

Marriage and family therapist Paula-Jo Husack told CBS San Francisco that gaming disorder is not only serious, but an "epidemic".

If you know of someone with gaming disorder, experts advise contacting a licensed mental health professional.

Originally founded in 1948, the World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, aims to "build a better, healthier future" with their involvement in global public health across the globe.

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