Gaming – psychiatric disorder or bad habit? – Independent.ie

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Gaming – psychiatric disorder or bad habit?

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Many parents find that their children would happily do nothing apart from playing computer games. They seem to be magnetically attached to their console and they vigorously resist attempts at encouraging what they deem to be healthier pursuits such as reading, playing outdoors or meeting friends face-to-face. The global games audience is estimated to lie between 2.2 and 2.6 billion people at present and the revenue it generates is forecast to grow from ¤118.5bn in 2018 to an estimated ¤155bn in 2021.

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Many parents find that their children would happily do nothing apart from playing computer games. They seem to be magnetically attached to their console and they vigorously resist attempts at encouraging what they deem to be healthier pursuits such as reading, playing outdoors or meeting friends face-to-face. The global games audience is estimated to lie between 2.2 and 2.6 billion people at present and the revenue it generates is forecast to grow from ¤118.5bn in 2018 to an estimated ¤155bn in 2021.

The size of the industry, coupled with concerns about the behaviour that is driving this, is one reason for the attention directed to it by mental health professionals. Gaming behaviour, when it reaches a certain level of severity, has just been declared to be a psychiatric disorder by the authors of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). A question that hangs over this is: what degree of gaming activity should be regarded as constituting a disorder?

The ICD forms the basis for making both physical and psychiatric diagnoses. It achieves this by specifying

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