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Gaming Addiction to be Classified as a Mental Health Condition

Spending time with our screens has become a regular part of our lives. Some of us even joke that we spend so much time with them, we are addicted to our devices. However, gaming addiction is a very real issue for some people, and experts have determined that it is rooted in a mental health condition.

Therapists and other health professionals have become aware that overuse of electronic devices poses health risks. In 2013, Internet Addiction Disorder was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

Gaming Disorder will be classified as a mental health condition in the 2018 edition of the International Classification of Diseases. The list, which is published by the WHO (World Health Organization), will include several additions.

Definition of Gaming Disorder

The draft form of the entry states that if someone has a gaming disorder, they make gaming a priority “to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests.” This is similar to other addictions, whether they include substances or processes.

Lure of Gaming Appealing for All Ages

Most people are able to enjoy video games as a source of entertainment and then return to their everyday activities. Over time, the experience of playing the games provides an escape from everyday stresses and strong emotions. Children, teens and adults can end up turning to gaming as a coping strategy to escape other problems or unwanted situations.

When someone becomes addicted to online gaming, they become disconnected from the real world. Over time, someone in this situation develops a warped perception of real-world interactions; much of their time and attention focuses on characters and story lines in their online game environments.

With the new classification from the WHO and gaming addiction being recognized as a mental health condition, more people will be able to get help. With treatment, someone with a gaming addiction can re-engage with loved ones.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

We often see people who have process addictions such as this also have substance use disorders of varying levels. This common occurrence is why we have a dual diagnosis program.

Report Shows Alcohol Responsible for 3.3 Million Deaths Worldwide

whoalcohol2014The World Health Organization (WHO) just released its annual report regarding the state of alcohol abuse and its consequences worldwide. The report showed that 3.3 million people died as a result of alcohol consumption in 2012, which was the most recent year of statistics available.

The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health covers many regions, as there are 194 member countries of the Organization. About 38% of the world’s population aged 15 and older are drinkers, averaging about 11 ounces of pure alcohol consumed weekly. Nearly 8% of men and 4% of women died from alcohol-related causes, though there is concern over the increase in alcohol consumption by women.

According to Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO, “We found that worldwide about 16% of drinkers engage in heavy episodic drinking – often referred to as ‘binge-drinking’ – which is the most harmful to health. Lower-income groups are more affected by the social and health consequences of alcohol. They often lack quality health care and are less protected by functional family or community networks.”

The status report recommended that more countries implement health services to deliver prevention and treatment services, in particular increasing prevention, treatment and care for patients and their families, and supporting initiatives for screening and brief interventions. Other recommendation included more national awareness campaigns and policies to reduce harmful drinking.

Alcohol abuse is one of the leading preventable causes of death here in America. If you have a loved on in need of help for an an alcohol problem, contact Desert Cove Recovery today.