GENEVA — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players. WHO said classifying "gaming disorder" as a separate addiction will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks. The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 percent of all gamers believed to be affected. Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO's department for mental health and substance abuse, said the agency accepted the proposal that … [Read more...] about Could compulsive video game playing be a mental health problem?
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In its latest revision to an international disease classification manual, the UN health agency said that classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will "serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue". Dr Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO's department for mental health, said WHO accepted the proposal that Gaming Disorder should be listed as a new problem based on scientific evidence, in addition to "the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world". Dr Joan Harvey, a spokeswoman for the British Psychological Society, warned that the new designation might cause unnecessary concern among parents, and said only a minority of gamers would be affected. Others welcomed the move, saying it was critical to identify video game addicts quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who do not seek help themselves. "We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of … [Read more...] about Compulsive gaming is now a mental health ‘disorder’
News / UK and world by Press Association June 18, 2018, 11:24 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, the World Health Organisation has said. In its latest revision to an international disease classification manual, the UN health agency said that classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will “serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue”. Dr Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO’s department for mental health, said WHO accepted the proposal that Gaming Disorder should be listed as a new problem based on scientific evidence, in addition to “the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world”. Dr Joan Harvey, a spokeswoman for the British Psychological Society, warned that the new designation might cause unnecessary concern among parents, and said … [Read more...] about Compulsive video game playing now classified as a mental health problem
Creative masterminds from the world of visual effects, motion graphics, 3D animation, virtual reality and video games will be at West Nottinghamshire College next week for the fourth annual Create Expo. The event, on Thursday, June 21, will feature masterclasses and live demonstrations on the latest design-related techniques, technology and trends.Speakers and demonstrators will include Paul Colls, co-founder of games development company Fierce Kaiju, Nicola Mills and Tim Bassford from global creative agency Spinning Clock and Matt Burkey, lead 3D artist at Nottingham-based animation and video production company Think Allowed.There will also be a showcase of work by creative digital media students Luke Buxton, James Corton, Amy Edwards, Jordon Smith-Durham, Carrie-Anne Daines and Wai Hung Tsang.The event is open to anyone with an interest in graphics or wishing to pursue a career in the sector.Tickets are £5 (students free) at www.createtheatre.co.uk … [Read more...] about College ready to host annual Creative Expo
PUBLISHED: 20:03 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:03 15 May 2018 Andrew Hirst Last year’s student of the year winner, Alfie Vaughan, with this year’s winner, Kieran Waters. Picture: ONE One Film and media students at a Suffolk college will be the “Danny Boyles of tomorrow”, a teacher claimed at his annual awards ceremony. One students pictured enjoying The Roscar awards. Picture: ONE One college in Ipswich held its annual “Roscars” – named after media teacher Ross Barrett – recently to celebrate the talents of students on creative courses at the sixth form. Mr Barrett said: “Without doubt, we have some of the Danny Boyle’s of tomorrow studying with us. One students Lu Mather and Joel Ryder who won media awards. Picture: ONE “These awards get bigger and better every year and the quality of the work that is being produced keeps improving. Naturally it makes me feel very proud.” Last year’s student of the … [Read more...] about Suffolk college’s ‘Danny Boyles’ of tomorrow honoured at ‘The Roscars’ film and media awards