Signs Of Potential Harm

In May 2018 the World Health Organisation (WHO) included gaming disorder as a behavioural addiction on its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
The criteria, which doesn’t include a certain amount of hours spent playing, are listed below and the WHO make it clear that for a ‘diagnosis’ the behavioural pattern must be present for a minimum of 12 months.

This list is not exhaustive but to provide some general pointers.  Remember there may be other reasons why your child is behaving in a particular manner so as always it is good to have open and honest conversations with your child.


Signs of potential gaming disorder

Emotional signs

  • Preoccupation with gaming
  • Downplaying the amount of time they spend gaming
  • Unable to set game time limits
  • Avoiding family and or friends
  • Being overly defensive

Physical signs

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Neglecting hygiene
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

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