Coming home after a long day at work and relaxing in front your TV or computer while playing video games is a good way to unwind. There are benefits that can come with playing these games. That said, there is a limit to the amount of time that you should spend immersed in a virtual world.
Are you addicted to gaming? If you find yourself spending hours upon hours playing video games, to the point that you are ignoring other important tasks and people in your life, you just might be. Keep reading to learn a bit about what it means to be addicted to gaming, and what you should do about it.
The World Health Organization Gives a Name to Gaming Addiction
According to WebMD, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized what’s known as “gaming disorder” as a condition that medical professionals can now diagnose in people. Therefore, this new term will be found in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), 11th edition.
A Little Bit About What It Means to Be Addicted to Gaming
The American Psychological Association has estimated that there are 160 million adults in America who like to play video games. However, only a small percentage of those individuals will actually be diagnosed with gaming disorder.
What are the symptoms of gaming disorder, you ask? Well, according to the WHO, symptoms would include gaming behavior that would be considered out of control, and that lasts for a minimum of a year. However, the overall pattern of the gaming behavior also has to prove that an individual is placing greater priority on gaming than on other important daily activities and interests. Finally, there also has to be continued escalation of the gaming habit even though the person has experienced negative consequences as a result of his or her actions.
Overall, if someone is addicted to gaming, they’re playing video games and neglecting everything from family and friends, to work, school, and other responsibilities. However, if that behavior has been going on for a long period of time without any end in sight, they might be suffering from gaming disorder.
A Lack of Treatment Options So Far
If you or someone you know is exhibiting some or all of the main signs of gaming disorder, you might find it hard to locate a treatment facility that will be able to help. This is unfortunate, but hopefully the recent news from the WHO will inspire more experts to study this condition more closely and come up with treatment options in the future. In the meantime, it is up to you to realize that you have a gaming addiction and take steps to overcome it just as you would any other addiction.