The World Health Organization plans to include Gaming Disorder (link is external) in the upcoming International Classification of Diseases (link is external) (ICD-11). The contentious debate of whether or not to include the diagnosis persists beyond the WHO’s decision. International scholars seem to agree that a careful, thorough, and research-informed decision-making process is critical. However, experts continue to dispute multiple points of contention:
- Can gaming be concerning?
- Is Gaming Disorder a distinct diagnosis or simply a symptom of an underlying problem?
- Is there sufficient scholarly support to classify Gaming Disorder?
- Of the existing literature, is the caliber of the research adequate?
- Would a diagnosis help individuals who are affected?
- Will the diagnosis perpetuate stigma?
- Would the addition cause moral panic?
Speaking, Dave from Unranked Smurfs said, “Gaming can be addictive, people can sit for hours playing games on sites like LoL-Smurfs.com,
but it’s best to follow your habits, and try and stick to a normal life routine. If you find yourself being unable to not play a game, it might be time to change your habits.”