Gaming disorder recognized by World Health Organization

Gaming disorder recognized by World Health Organization

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.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently released the 11th edition of its International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD). "And let me emphasize that this is a clinical condition, and clinical diagnosis can be made only by health professionals which are properly trained to do that".

Benjamin Wong, a counselor at Mindful Digitality based in Vancouver, British Columbia, joins KRON4 News to discuss.

Poznyak said the condition leads to "significant distress and impairment in personal, family, social, educational or occupational functioning". Symptoms include impaired control over gaming, increasing priority of gaming over other life interests, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences.

"Gaming disorder has been added to the section on addictive disorders", the World Health Organization said in a statement.

For instance, some people working on stroke have always been pushing for it to be moved from circulatory diseases, where it has been for 6 decades, into neurological disease, where it now sits in ICD-11.

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Clinicians have also debated the validity of establishing a gaming disorder, as it shares many characteristics with other addictive disorders.

"One is that the gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities to the extent that other activities are taken to the periphery", he told CNN.

Playing video games too often is now characterized as a mental health disorder, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

It means you're unlikely to claim any disability benefits because you game a lot, because you're all a balanced lot who play games in a healthy way.

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. That will happen after public debate and meetings to discuss with the gaming industry. The statement is highly critical, citing contested and inconclusive data and concerns of misdiagnosis.

The UN health agency said classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will 'serve a public health objective for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue'.

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