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Are you addicted to gaming?

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The World Health Organisation has announced plans to list gaming addiction as a mental health problem for the first time. In its 11th International Classification of Diseases, “gaming disorder” will appear, described as “characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour” that results in 1) impaired control over gaming, 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.

Games are — unsurpsingly— designed to be addictive, and overplaying can lead to low energy levels and depression. But a savvy player is rewarded with a health pack of proven benefits. Restricting your controller time also means improved social bonds and less stress, too. MH has put together the only strategy you’ll ever need to complete the toughest title around: Game/Life Balance 4

(Related: are you addicted to your phone?)

Know your level

Level 1: Gameaholic
Do you get anxiety attacks when you can’t game, and secretly prefer gaming to socialising in the real world? If so, stop blaming those dark circles on long work hours or that extra pint. Your gaming is almost certainly driven by psychological dependence and

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