Video Game Addiction Officially Named A Disorder By World Health Organization

NHS to treat gaming addiction

NHS to treat gaming addiction

People who compulsively play video games could soon be diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Transgender and genderqueer identities, which WHO refers to as "gender incongruence", are in a section about sexual health conditions in a newly updated version of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD).

This week, the World Health Organization - arguably the leading source for designating what things are bad for us - announced that "gaming disorder" will be included in the latest edition of their bible, the International Classification of Diseases.

As per the latest version which is to release (ICD 11), gaming addiction has been deemed a mental health disorder based on a few select characteristics.

From playing "Fortnite" in their own homes for hours, to wandering city streets collecting Pokemon on their phones - many people are obsessed with video games. Most of the roughly 160 million American adults who play games online will not experience the addiction.

"This does not mean everyone who engages in gaming has a disorder", emphasized Shekhar Saxena, MD, the WHO's director of the Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, who noted that the definition involves impaired control over gaming and increased priority given to it over usual activities.

"Given the gravity of diagnostic classification and its wider social impact, we urge our colleagues at World Health Organization to err on the side of caution for now and postpone the formalisation", they said in a study reviewing academic literature.

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The WHO warned that those suffering from "gaming disorder" can suffer impacts to their family, social, educational, and occupational lives.

Screen time isn't recommended at all for kids who are 18 months or younger, but for children who are older than that up to five, it's generally recommended that they have not more than one hour of screen time, she says.

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In its latest revision to a disease classification manual called the International Classification of Diseases, or I.C.D., the United Nations health agency explains the change and why it has (finally) removed the transgender mental disorder classification.

In addition, ICD is also used by health insurers whose reimbursements depend on ICD coding as well as national health program managers, data collection specialists and others tracking progress in global health and determine the allocation of health resources.

The document, which member states will be asked to approve during the World Health Assembly in Geneva next May, will take effect from January 1, 2022 if it is adopted.

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