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Too much gaming could be labeled as mental health condition

Too much gaming could be labeled as mental health condition

"Disorders due to addictive behaviors are recognizable and clinically significant syndromes associated with distress or interference with personal functions that develop as a result of repetitive rewarding behaviors other than the use of dependence-producing substances", the gaming-relevant section states.

Medrano understands how addiction to gaming can happen.

In 2014, a 27-year-old Chinese woman suffered sudden death after playing video games for over 10 consecutive hours.

Public opinions and knee-jerk reactions aside, virtually any sort of hobby or fun can become addicting to the right personality.

Health care employees and doctors can now diagnose patients with the condition.

"We just don't think it's a good idea to let them spend hours playing video games", said Knoxville mother Meredith Prince.

However, the American Psychological Association counters this view, finding it to be controversial and perhaps too early to say. At present, little clarity has been achieved regarding diagnostic criteria and appropriate symptoms. Well, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), you may have a mental health disorder. This raises multiple concerns.

There's no debate that video game addiction destroys lives. What's worth focusing on, they say, is less the "gaming" aspect of that behavior, but the "overdoing" aspect.

The push to pathologize gaming, he believes, is based off misguided comparisons to heroin or cocaine addiction: "There are many myths such as that games involve dopamine and brain regions similar to substance abuse", Ferguson said.

Scientists need to "establish a clear-cut distinction between someone who may use games excessively but non-problematically and someone who is experiencing significant impairment in their daily lives as a outcome of their excessive gaming", a group of researchers from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom wrote in a paper published last summer in the Journal of Addictive Behavior. They can also be addicting.

Bobbi Burks is a counselor who specializes in addiction therapy.

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