Mid-2018, the introduction of "gaming disorder" to the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization has sparked litigious discussion on all sides of the issue. In the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), gaming disorder aka video game addiction is defined as a pattern of gaming activity characterized by impaired gaming control; increased priority given to gaming over other activities to the degree that gaming takes precedence over other interests, or daily activities and the continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
A statement on the inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11 is based on evaluations of available evidence and represents a consensus among specialists from various disciplines and geographic regions involved in the process of clinical consultations conducted by the WHO in the creation of ICD-11. Video game addiction is a real thing.
Is Video Game Addiction A Legitimate Problem?
Until recently, using the term "addiction" to a behaviour, was controversial. Addiction was a term reserved for heroin, crack, cocaine — something more concrete, something that the body begged for. Take nicotine for instance, it is highly addictive in its very essence. You smoke it often enough and you take the risk of being addicted to it. It makes sense, unlike behavioural addictions where it’s less tangible.
However, more and more evidence is coming to light that confirms the obsessive and addictive behaviour is that among individuals, especially young people, who are engaged in computer games for excessively long periods. It must be said that children and adolescents aren't the only ones vulnerable to addiction to video games. Adults may also play hours of video games instead of participating in work activities, enjoying hobbies or dedicating time to their partners or kids. Adults may have crossed the line from entertainment to addiction when they are no longer able to control the amount of time they spend playing video games, or when their careers or relationships start to suffer as a result of video gaming.
The Dark Side Of Video Game Addiction
There’s a new slang reserved for young people who are obsessed with video games, they’re called “screenagers”. These modern "screenagers" spend hours and hours playing games in front of their computer screens. They are known to erupt into violent fits of rage when asked to leave their mobile devices or computers. Certain issues, such as cyber-bullying, lack of social skills and the inability to engage in a ' real ' environment, are often observed as a result of extended time spent playing computer games. Adolescents can also be withdrawn, anxious, irritated, and with short attention spans, and would have difficulty concentrating.
Other signs and symptoms of video game addiction are:
Video games have the same effect on the brain as the effects of addictive drugs: they trigger the release of dopamine, a chemical that strengthens behaviour. Playing video games for that reason can be an addictive stimulus.
It’s Not Too Late To Get Help
Video games can become harmful for people who have become caught up in a cycle of compulsive gaming. It has also created a new understanding of this issue, which has led to the development of rehabilitation programs for this addictive cycle.
The Arden Centre understands the ubiquitousness of this addiction and has equipped its centre with highly trained counsellors and therapists to make the recovery process a success. The approach to treatments is made in a safe, private, and supportive environment. Rehabilitation is treated holistically providing the troubled individual the best experience possible.
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