World Health Organization declares compulsive video gaming a mental disorder

World Health Organization declares compulsive video gaming a mental disorder

World Health Organization declares compulsive video gaming a mental disorder

It doesn't exactly come as a surprise to find it there.

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. 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. "Increased frequency and intensity" of gaming has been cited as a predominant attribute of the disorder.

As per the definition by World Health Organization, this mental disorder is "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour" that becomes so extensive that it "takes precedence over other life interests". It also has to occur over the period of 12 months. That, though, may be adjusted depending on the severity of the observed addiction.

The World Health Organization said a gaming disorder is "characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior".

It also includes new chapters, one on traditional medicine: although millions of people use traditional medicine worldwide, it has never been classified in this system.

Video game addiction will soon become a diagnosable metal health condition, at least in the eyes of leading global health officials.

Instead, it's classed as a "condition for further study" in the DSM-V, the most recent version.

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Simply playing a lot of video games does not automatically mean that someone has a problem. Previous editions had categorised sexual dysfunction and gender incongruence, for example, under mental health conditions, while in ICD-11 these move to the sexual health section.

We want to hear from our readers about gaming disorders and whether they have been affected by this issue.

The statement continued: "The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive".

The ICD-11 isn't yet finished, though: The publication won't be endorsed as a final release until 2019, and won't be fully adopted until 2022.

Licensed professional counselor Paul Fearzig said his first training on gaming addiction was eight years ago and now treats gaming addicted patients about two times a week, some who were gaming more than 20 hours a day.

The ICD-11 has been igniting controversy since the World Health Organization released a beta draft in December 2017. In the United Kingdom, the country's National Health Service has now started offering free treatment for those experiencing the disorder, though exactly what treatment would be most effective is still under discussion.

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