WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

World Health Organization officially recognizes a 'gaming order' as a mental health condition.

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Most people know someone who loves games, and is even obsessed with games - and now the World Health Organization recognizes having a "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition.

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WHO said that by classifying "gaming disorder" on its own, it will help gamers, families, governments, and health care workers to be more aware of gaming disorders. But having a gaming disorder, by the classification of WHO, is very rare - with less than 3% of gamers affected by their definition of a gaming disorder.

British Psychological Society spokeswoman Dr. Joan Harvey explained that the designation of a "gaming disorder" might panic parents in the wrong way. She explains: "People need to understand this doesn't mean every child who spends hours in their room playing games is an addict, otherwise medics are going to be flooded with requests for help".

Those that look at WHO's new gaming disorder classification positively say that they want to find people that are addicted to games early on, and because a majority of them are teenagers and young adults who won't necessarily seek help for their addiction, think they can help addicted gamers.

Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioral addictions at Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists said: "We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart".

There are plenty of different voices of opinion on whether a gaming disorder is something to treat as a mental issue, with stories from TIME, CBS, and more you can check out for more detail.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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