Sometimes gamers just constantly want to play and nothing else, they become addicted to video game it’s like addiction of nicotine, alcohol or drugs they can’t resist it and it’s a serious concern.
Seeing this condition, the World Health Organisation has listed ‘gaming disorder’ in its International Classification of Diseases for the first time. This addition to the list means this type of behaviour is now being considered much more seriously.
Video game addicts can now be treated for free by the NHS as video game addiction has been officially classified as a mental health condition.
The WHO explain that those who experience the disorder give priority to gaming over other interests and activities.
A pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
To be diagnosed with the disorder, you must ‘experience significant impairment in personal, family, social educational, occupational or other important areas of function’, and have experienced this type of impairment for at least one year to be diagnosed.
Speaking to The Mirror, the mother of the 9-year-old explained how her daughter had become so addicted to the video game Fortnite.
The mother said:
We had no idea, when we let her play the game, of the addictive nature or the impact it could have on her mental health.
She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day – sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn’t have to leave the screen.
This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl’s life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic.