Video Game Addiction Receives Official Recognition From WHO

The World Health Organization classified

There's a difference between just enjoying playing video games and being addicted, mind; in fact, there are three primary criteria by which it's judged.

With the rise of parental concerns into children's use of video games, the World Health Organisation has classified gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.

"The new catalogue, which still needs to be approved by United Nations member countries, so-called "gender incongruence" is now listed under "conditions related to sexual health", instead of "mental, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders".

A pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior in which the user loses sense of self-control over the situation.

In 2015, Pew Research Center reported almost half of American adults play video games.

Director of WHO's Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Shekhar Saxena, describes some of the warning signs of addictive Gaming behavior.

Psychiatrist Richard Graham, who led the launch of the UK's first technology addiction service specifically for young people at Nightingale Hospital, London, said there was an important difference between enthusiastic gameplay and the new disorder.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Most of the medical profession is against the Gaming Disorder inclusion; two papers opposing the proposal having already been released.

ICD is a global database of around 55,000 diseases which can strike any human being at any moment, or can become the cause of death.

World Health Organization said the ICD team received more than 10,000 proposed revisions for the newest edition of the document.

Patients must exhibit negative impacts like "disturbed sleep patterns, diet problems, a deficiency in the physical activity" for at least a year before a diagnosis would be made, say document and Poznyak.

It is not yet clear exactly when treatment for the mental health condition will be available on the NHS. The ICD is also used by health insurers in some countries to claim reimbursements based on ICD coding.

A new chapter also has been added on traditional medicine.

The WHO only removed homosexuality from its ICD classification with the publication of ICD-10 in 1992.

The new ICD-11 is set to be presented to the World Health Assembly for adoption by the member states in the month of May 2019 and is scheduled to come in effect on January 1, 2022.

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