Gaming Disorder

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  • Gaming disorder increases during pandemic

Gaming Disorder

  • According to the WHO, gaming disorder is a pattern of gaming behavior characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to playing the game over other activities to the extent that it takes precedence daily routines.
  • Gaming addictions can cause physical, social and emotional damage, impairing sleep, appetites, careers and social lives. 
  • According to National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences’ (NIMHANS) SHUT clinic or the Service for Healthy Use of Technology, 2 or 3 cases a week related to gaming disorder was common. But now about 15 cases per week are observed. Almost all of the patients are adolescents brought in by their parents.
  • The World Health Organization categorised gaming disorder as a mental health condition in 2018. 
  • China limited gamers under 18 years to just three hours of online games per week, during specified times, and made the industry responsible for enforcing the restriction. 


  • SHUT Clinic (short for Services for Healthy Use of Technology) is an internet de-addiction centre started by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences offering counselling to addicts to help them replace excessive technology usage with healthy activities.
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences is a medical institution. It is located in Bangalore, Karnataka. 
  • NIMHANS is the apex centre for mental health and neuroscience education in India. It operates autonomously.
  • The medical institution is capable of providing high standards of clinical care, quality training, and cutting-edge research in the field of mental health.
  • The Central Government declared NIMHANS a ‘Deemed University in 1994.
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