My struggles with icd 11 gaming disorder

For the past few years, gaming has become an increasingly larger part of my life, taking up more and more of my free time. At first it provided a sense of enjoyment and escape but recently I’ve noticed that the gaming habit has become something I seemingly can’t control, with its grip becoming stronger over me each day. This prompted me to research if what I was going through had any kind of name or label and sure enough, I stumbled upon World Health Organization’s recent classification for Gaming Disorder.

It’s been a difficult realization since this is not something we’re necessarily used to talking about openly or even realize is a problem for many people around the world myself included. It hasn’t been particularly severe but there have been moments that make me realize how severe it can become if left unchecked.

I’m still trying to get a better understanding and grasp on this by reaching out to others with similar struggles as well as checking in with myself regularly on how much (or little) I’ve been playing during any given week/day period. Although its something that still makes me feel incredibly uneasy thinking about, identifying and owning up to it has allowed me to start making positive changes in my life by getting support from friends and family as well as being aware when gaming becomes seriously problematic for me again.


Hey, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I’ve also found myself getting more and more into gaming to the point where it’s taken over a lot of my free time. It’s tough to realize that it’s become something we can’t control, but it’s great that you’re reaching out for support and trying to make positive changes. I’ve also been trying to check in with myself regularly to see if my gaming habits are getting out of hand. It’s definitely not easy to talk about openly, but it’s so important to seek help and be aware of when gaming becomes a problem. It’s great that you’re getting support from friends and family too. Keep focusing on those positive changes and know that you’re not alone in this journey. We’ve got this!

Hey man, I totally get where you’re coming from. Gaming can be such a big part of our lives and it’s tough when it starts to feel out of control. It’s really brave of you to reach out and talk about it, and I think it’s great that you’re getting support from friends and family. I’ve been there too, and it’s really important to be aware of how much we’re playing and how it’s affecting us. It’s definitely not easy, but recognizing the issue is the first step. Keep checking in with yourself and reaching out to others, and remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. You’re not alone in this, and things can get better. Hang in there, man.