Video Game Addiction Classified As A Disorder By World Health Organization

Video Game Addiction Receives Official Recognition From WHO

Video Game Addiction Receives Official Recognition From WHO

ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will come into effect on 1 January 2022.

Having a Gaming addiction has been listed in the World Health Organisations worldwide classification of Diseases for the first time ever meaning governments around the world are expected to add it into their countries health system.

The latest version of the ICD was released on Monday to include the condition - which is characterised by "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour which may be online or offline".

The World Health Organization has officially added gaming disorder to its International Classification of Diseases.

Anthony Bean, a licensed psychologist and executive director at the non-profit health clinic The Telos Project, told CNN that labeling gaming disorder as a diagnosable condition was "premature".

Smartphone, social media, and even gaming de-addiction facilities have always been set-up at institutions throughout the country, with many parents bringing in their children to be treated for addiction to gadgets.

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WHO experts said the recognition of gaming as a harmful behaviour was based on evidence collected over a decade from countries world over.

About 2.6 billion people around the globe play video games on a regular basis, and while it has been proven that gaming can be beneficial, many people have also become addicted.

Honestly, "gaming disorder" sounds like a phrase tossed around by irritated parents and significant others. The DSM-5 calls out "Internet Gaming Disorder" but says it's a condition that warrants more clinical research and experience before it can be classified in the book as a formal disorder.

Games like Fortnite are more popular than ever, but they may also have renewed fears that games are damaging young minds. He noted that the diagnostic criteria for gaming disorder, including preoccupation and unsuccessful attempts to control behavior, are "strikingly" similar to the symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction.

The new addition will help medical professionals diagnose it in patients - and in return, an increasing number of people may be able to seek treatment that is covered by insurance.

"We hope that the World Health Organization will reconsider the mounting evidence put before them before proposing inclusion of "gaming disorder" in the final version of ICD-11 to be endorsed next year".

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