Gaming disorder added to WHO's list of mental health conditions

Gaming disorder added to WHO's list of mental health conditions

Gaming disorder added to WHO's list of mental health conditions

The WHO released the latest edition of its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), the 11th such revision of the popular diagnostic manual.

However, Vladimir Poznyak of the WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse told New Scientist previous year, when the agency first revealed its decision to include gaming disorder in its diagnostic manual, that the move was supported by sufficient evidence.

"The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning".

It's worth noting that WHO's stance on gaming addiction is different from that of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the handbook used by health professionals in the us and other countries to help diagnose mental health disorders.

It's unclear what the future of gaming-related conditions really is, or how robust treatment will be.

The symptoms of gaming disorder are quite similar to those seen in substance use and gambling disorders.

The U.N. health organization announced Monday it added "gaming disorder" to its list of recognized health conditions.

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Doctors now recognise persistent and compulsive gaming behaviour as a mental health disorder.

WHO's Saxena, however, estimated that two to three percent of gamers might be affected. "We welcome the inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11, which will over time help to understand the true prevalence of harmful gaming". The statement is highly critical, citing contested and inconclusive data and concerns of misdiagnosis.

Others welcomed WHO's new classification, saying it was critical to identify people hooked on video games quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who don't seek help themselves.

"Gender incongruence, meanwhile, has also been moved out of mental disorders in the ICD, into sexual health conditions", the report says.

Honestly, "gaming disorder" sounds like a phrase tossed around by irritated parents and significant others.

It is scheduled to be presented to WHO member states at their annual World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption in January 2022, the WHO said.

Following the news, many quickly took to various forms of social media in order to voice their opinions on the classification, with some making a collection of different jokes and memes in regards to the decision. The new ICD-11 also reflects progress in medicine and advances in scientific understanding. However, a classification may make it easier for individual players to acknowledge their addiction and receive treatment.

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