Gaming Disorders

Gaming Disorder as a medical disease

HOT ISSUES FOR MAINS(TOPIC #11)(SecureIas Initiative)

  • Gaming disorder is defined as 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.
  • For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.
  • WHO has termed the addiction to gaming or ‘Gaming disorders’ as a medical disease
  • Disorder is something which is continuous,affecting social and occupational life
  • Impacts = health hazards + less time for family and society(effecting relationship) + education + making children vulnerable to depressions and stress + motivating children to more violence + games even promotes suicides(blue whales) + no physical activity time(despite of playing a game) + obesity + vision problems + migraine + orthopedic problems + neurological problems
  • What should be done = parents should be sensitized for providing gadgets according to their age + time boundlessness in using gadgets + promoting playing with friends.
  • What is the International Classification of Diseases?
  • The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally and the international standard for reporting diseases and health conditions. It is used by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions and by researchers to categorize conditions.The inclusion of a disorder in ICD is a consideration which countries take into account when planning public health strategies and monitoring trends of disorders.

    WHO released the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) in mid-2018.

By: Sugam Bansal + Ashish Kumar

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