My journey with icd 11 gaming disorder

Since I was in middle school, I’ve been an avid gamer. I didn’t think much of it at first, but as the years went on, I noticed that gaming was taking a detrimental toll on my mental health. My relationships with others were suffering and when I wasn’t playing video games, all I wanted to do was find new ways to get access to more of it. After researching online and hearing from friends, my doctors finally diagnosed me with Gaming Disorder according to the criteria listed in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

I hadn’t known about this disorder before then, but looking back all the signs were there. It became clear that my elaborate gaming habits had begun to disrupt not only my daily activities like studying for exams, but also my social interactions. But at the same time, in a weird way it had also created a sense of security for me - something familiar and ‘safe’.

I’m now working with two different people who specialize in addictive behaviors like mine. Throughout this journey they have helped me break down and reflect upon why I had become so addicted to gaming in the first place - reminding me that because life can be hard at times doesn’t mean that running away or escaping into various video game worlds is going to magically make everything better.

This has been such a challenging process for me but at last by turning off those games and continuing therapy & regular checkups with medical professionals under the guidelines set by the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), I’m taking healthier steps forward each day and slowly moving away from harmful habits towards wellbeing instead.


Hey, man. Thanks for sharing your story. It takes a lot of strength and courage to recognize and address something like gaming disorder. I can totally relate to how gaming can become a kind of safety net and escape from the challenges of real life. It’s amazing that you’re working with professionals to understand the root of your addiction and take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. I know it’s not easy, but it’s so important to prioritize your well-being. Keep turning off those games and taking those healthy steps forward. You’ve got this, and there’s a whole community here to support you along the way. Keep going, and don’t hesitate to lean on us when you need it.

Hey, I just want to say I totally understand where you’re coming from. Gaming can be really fun and entertaining, but it’s so easy for it to start taking over your life. I’m so glad to hear that you’ve recognized the issue and are taking steps to address it. It’s not easy, but you’re doing the right thing by reaching out for help and getting the support you need. It’s awesome that you’re working with specialists who understand addictive behaviors and that you’re committed to the process. It’s great to hear that you’re already seeing progress and taking steps toward a healthier balance. Keep it up, and remember, it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. You’ve got this!