Video game addiction is now a mental problem - WHO

Video game addiction is now a mental problem - WHO

- The World Health Organisation (WHO) says those addicted to video games could have a mental issue

- The organisation says those addicted to video games need medical attention

- This is the first time video games have been declared video-game addiction as a mental disorder

Those who are so much addicted to video games might be suffering from a mental illness. This is according to fresh reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

For this reason, the WHO has given a name to this condition as the 'Gaming disorder'. YEN.com.gh has compiled the highlights of this report:

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1. People become dire addicts to video games if they just can not control the onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, and context of the game.

2. When the player shoots up interest or priority for gaming to the extent that gaming takes life over other life interests and daily activities

3. When the love for the game eats up their entire social life leaving them as loners.

4. When the thirst for video games even translates to poker and other social vices.

So far, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified "gaming disorder" as a separate condition to help governments, families and healthcare workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks.

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"Video gaming is like a non-financial kind of gambling from a psychological point of view," said Griffiths, a distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University.

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