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Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

Old 12-27-17, 08:36 AM
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Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

This is what I heard from my local Fox 2 news.

I look at this differently maybe because I am single and never married.

Not that I play video games but I did play basically non-stop back in 1983(was laid off for most of the year). I can't remember having so much fun. I guess Mental Health Officials would rather have people not do anything than have hobbies and interests.

This also probably falls under watching too much tv(including sports),reading too much and listening to too much music. Sorry that's my bag.
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Old 12-27-17, 08:49 AM
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They aren't talking about people that just like to play games as a hobby. They are talking about the type of people who play 12 hours straight forsaking eating and going to the bathroom and in some cases dying because of it.
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

You heard it from your local fake news source?

And yes, there is a huge difference between playing games as a hobby and playing games as an obsession where it could ultimately have an effect on your health, whether it's physical or mental. There have already been reports out there that screen time (social media, movies, games, etc.) can be more dangerous to people than drugs or alcohol have ever been because of how accessible it is to all age groups.

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People here sometimes watch 4 NFL games on a given Sunday(when they have the 930am game along with the afternoon doubleheader and then the Sunday night game).

There is an extreme to everything.

Most successful people do what they did too the max and that usually is time consuming but is it a Mental Heath Issue?
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

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People here sometimes watch 4 NFL games on a given Sunday(when they have the 930am game along with the afternoon doubleheader and then the Sunday night game).

There is an extreme to everything.

Most successful people do what they did too the max and that usually is time consuming but is it a Mental Heath Issue?
You are obviously trying to make this into something it's not. The person watching football all day on Sundays is taking breaks, eating and doing other things they aren't literally staring at the screen the whole 4 games and not moving.

The mental health issue is for people taking it to the unhealthy extreme.
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Old 12-27-17, 11:11 AM
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- no link in the OP
- "I heard on Fox News..."
- complete misrepresentation of what mental health professionals are actually saying
- comparison to binge-watching sports

All we need is some "those damn SJWs and their political correctness!" and my bingo card would be complete.
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Old 12-27-17, 11:54 AM
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

Excessive Video Game Playing May Be A Sign Of ‘Gaming Disorder’: World Health Organization.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/12/...ming-disorder/

I saw this piece run on the news last night.
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Old 12-27-17, 12:07 PM
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

Gaming disorder can be diagnosed if it “is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” according to the draft of WHO’s 2018 International Classification of Diseases.
Pretty much what you would expect. If your game playing gets you divorced and fired from you job, and you keep playing, you have a problem.

Lots of people go to casinos. Only the ones with a mental health issue lose their house because of it.
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Old 12-27-17, 12:13 PM
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

It's more an obsession issue which is unhealthy with almost anything. Are they saying there's something about videogames in general that make them addictive, because it seems like such an odd thing to have a separate classification for.

The other obsessive part about it relates to loot boxes, gachas, and an inability to stop spending money on them, but I'd classify that as more of a gambling problem with videogames of that sort being the enabler/targeter, and I think that will come into legislation soon enough.

Then there's the hoarding problem that I'm sure a lot of us have but don't care about, whether it's buying cheap games that we never play or dvds/blu rays that we never watch.
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Old 12-27-17, 12:40 PM
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It's a new ICD code for doctors to use. Every tiny, little, specific thing has a code.

https://icd.who.int/dev11/l-m/en#htt...y%2f1448597234

Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. The pattern of gaming behaviour may be continuous or episodic and recurrent. The gaming behaviour and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.
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Old 12-27-17, 01:32 PM
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My buddy from high school could have probably been classified as this. He basically let WoW ruin his life for damn near a decade. Starting playing his sophomore year of college and stopped going to class. Moved in with his mom and would call out sick to his McDonalds job a couple of times a month because he was raiding or had stayed up too late raiding. Ruined numerous relationships over the game by not engaging with people. I think the only thing that changed is he decided to join the Army when he was 30 and by cutting the cord for boot camp it made him see how much that game had taken from him. He is out of the Army now (health issues, again some brought on by playing game and being sedentary) but went back to college and earned a nursing degree.

I played with him for the first few months and can easily see how someone with a compulsive disorder would get sucked into those games. They reward you playing for hours on end. It sucked up a lot of my time the 3 months I played but luckily I had the time to waste at that point in life. It stopped for me when it came time to buy a mount. I think it was 30 gold at the time or something and I was like fuck this and quit.
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

I don't see how anyone could argue that excessive gaming, to the point of it being a compulsion, isn't a mental disorder.
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

Compulsive gaming lights up a person's serotonin system like no other man-made activity and some people get sucked into it because the real world has nothing else that can provide that instant feedback loop.

One of my relatives lost most of their 20s to gaming at the detriment of everything else in their life.
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Old 12-27-17, 03:42 PM
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Compulsive gaming lights up a person's serotonin system like no other man-made activity and some people get sucked into it because the real world has nothing else that can provide that instant feedback loop.

One of my relatives lost most of their 20s to gaming at the detriment of everything else in their life.
That's interesting.

How long ago was this, PS? Before WoW and the advent of MMOs, or after?
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

Not enough gaming is considered a mental health issue in my book.
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Not enough gaming is considered a mental health issue in my book.
Yeah, not to make light of anyone seriously having problems but I'm reminded of the meme "I don't need anger management lessons; I need people to stop pissing me off."

Sure too much of anything is bad for you, but I play games to escape reality. It's stories. It's something we've done since we were still sitting around the fire painting figures on cave walls.
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The dude who was painting figures on a cave wall all day instead of hunting and gathering got crapped on too...
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They aren't talking about people that just like to play games as a hobby. They are talking about the type of people who play 12 hours straight forsaking eating and going to the bathroom and in some cases dying because of it.
Exactly. Here is a longer article on the topic from Forbes:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucele.../#46e7e64d316d

Of note: "And as Jesus Diaz pointed out for Gizmodo, guess what Amazon listed as one of the most common items purchased along with the video game Call of Duty 4? A brand of adult diapers."
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That's interesting.

How long ago was this, PS? Before WoW and the advent of MMOs, or after?
Yes, it was World of Warcraft in this kid's case. He got into it during high school and had a hellacious time breaking the habit. It was as bad as any alcoholism or drug habit I've personally witnessed.

I really don't understand how someone gets addicted to gaming, but I haven't gamed much beyond some Tetris since middle school.

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Yeah, I can see how MMOs and the like can be addictive... you have a community there, and it's designed so that you have incentive to log in every day and do tasks so as not to let your alliance/friends down and to keep up with the joneses. I mean in a lot of respects it's like having another job, but maybe you feel like unlike the real world you have a skill that translates to being appreciated and valued by others (even if most of the time, that skill is time to grind, or practice levels, or whatever).
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Yeah, I can see how MMOs and the like can be addictive... you have a community there, and it's designed so that you have incentive to log in every day and do tasks so as not to let your alliance/friends down and to keep up with the joneses. I mean in a lot of respects it's like having another job, but maybe you feel like unlike the real world you have a skill that translates to being appreciated and valued by others (even if most of the time, that skill is time to grind, or practice levels, or whatever).

Bolded for emphasis. You have a world, especially at work, where people are treated as cogs, so they go home and play a game where they're appreciated, and then complain when they prefer to spend their time there.
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Re: Too much Gaming now considered a Mental Health Issue

Is compulsive toking on an E-Cig, even in places where it is supposedly prohibited, a disorder?
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