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'Gaming disorder' deemed an official illness by World Health Organization

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  • p4ttythep3rf3ctp4ttythep3rf3ct Member UncommonPosts: 179
    While capitalism and big pharma are a real issue, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all mental health issues are scams. A year ago I suffered the worst, and my first, panic attack while driving. I literally turned into a drooling vegetable behind the wheel (after first thinking I was having a heart attack, and then a stroke as I began to lose body control). It left me in the hospital flopping around like a fish out of water for three hours. I’ve now had a year of CBT, EDRM (which Gave the best results so far) and chose to enlist a psychiatrist because at the age of 42 I literally lost the ability to drive in the blink of an eye. The psych tried some SSRIs which totally sucked in my case, and since that date if I have to drive I either need to get drunk or eat Xanax (or risk another panic attack which has happened...usually they are just anxiety attacks though). Mental health issues are very real and sometimes therapy isn’t enough, certainly not in the short term, not in my case. I clearly don’t enjoy having to take Xanax to drive, it kinda ruins the day...imagine having to Xanax out just to go to work, it blows (I work from home now, 4/5 days of the week as a result...I don’t anticipate a raise or bonus this year as a result of loss of FaceTime with my team and boss); but until I can get behind the wheel of a car again without being a clear and present danger to myself and other people on the road I am happy to have the option of some medication. 

    That's just, like, my opinion, man.

  • AdamantineAdamantine Member RarePosts: 4,276
    edited July 5
    Xasapis said:
    A great excuse to pump kids with drugs, guilt free.
      [Bingo]
    I am curious: to what end?
    Um, you dont know ?!?

    Why, for making money off a person that "needs treatment" ?

    Doctors love to tell you you're ill so they can make money of "treating" your "problem".

    Pretty much like people start wars so they can make money selling weapons. Thats after all one of the core reasons why the USA is constantly at war, the "military-industrial complex", how republican president Eisenhower called it, wants more profit.

    Or like people like speculation with food, even if that raises food prices and will have murderous effects on people in developing countries, i.e. many people will starve, and some starve to death, just because food got too expensive for them.

    Compared to that, doctors telling you you have a problem when you really dont is relatively harmless.



    P.s.: OK I didnt noticed when I was writing this but of course many doctors are doctors because they want to help people. So a good doctor will indeed only treat you if they think honest to god that you have a problem. Still that doesnt stop other people, namely the pharmacy industry, trying to influence doctors to think that people need treatment, who dont.
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  • AdamantineAdamantine Member RarePosts: 4,276
    While capitalism and big pharma are a real issue, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all mental health issues are scams. A year ago I suffered the worst, and my first, panic attack while driving. I literally turned into a drooling vegetable behind the wheel [...]. 
    Well, no argument there.

    But I cant think of a reason why gaming addiction would be a thing, or worse how anyone would need medication because of "gaming addiction".

    Good games are just like, say, good food.

    Sure there might be a person of poor impulse control that, when subjected to good food, might eat too much of it, even up to the point of killing themselves.

    So yes, too much of a good thing ... can be really bad.

    But - thats not what an addiction is. An addition is a behavior against the will of the addicted person. Granted, the person killing themselves with eating too much food didnt want to die. They wanted to eat that food though.

    Also, people might play too much of a game if their life sucks. Which, granted, might be because the game was so good they played it too much. That still isnt addiction. These people still want to actually play that game. These people still play because they enjoy the experience.

    Gdemami
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  • nyxiumnyxium Member UncommonPosts: 1,302
    Oh yeah? Well I think the WHO is now a disorder.
  • kitaradkitarad Member EpicPosts: 5,123
    So they will develop a new drug to cure this and market it to the parents of children that play games.....big market there. At least they will not be testing this on the poor in 'those' countries since they cannot afford the games (constant gardener reference there).

  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,750
    kitarad said:
    So they will develop a new drug to cure this and market it to the parents of children that play games.....big market there. At least they will not be testing this on the poor in 'those' countries since they cannot afford the games (constant gardener reference there).
    I always think fiction is a far better reference for what is actually going on in the world than reality. :)
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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 33,930
    I tried filing a long term disability claim for my gaming addiction but the insurance company isn't buying it.

    Pity.

    ;)
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  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 5,732
    Scot said:

    I always think fiction is a far better reference for what is actually going on in the world than reality. :)

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