The WHO includes gaming disorder in the International Classification of Diseases

Someone who plays video games for a few hours each day could be known simply as a devoted gamer, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has a new classification for those who take it much further than that, to a point where it becomes a serious impairment.

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

"ICD is a cornerstone of health information and ICD-11 will deliver an up-to-date view of the patterns of disease", said Lubna Alansari, WHO's Assistant Director-General (Health Metrics and Measurement). Those experts, who published an article in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, said that there has not been enough research done to establish it as its own condition, and that the definition of gaming disorder is not consistent. The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.

Separately, the WHO listed "hazardous gaming", which is when a pattern of gaming "appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to this individual or others around this individual".

Bowden-Jones said gaming addictions were usually best treated with psychological therapies but that some medicines might also work.

"Call of Duty", "Grand Theft Auto" and "Fortnite" are just some of the super-popular video games that have captured the imaginations of gamers around the world. This document defines all known diseases, disorders, injuries, and related health conditions. In fact, she urinated on herself while sitting down playing the game. A diagnosis would have to include evidence of this type of behavior lasting for more than 12 months, the organization said.

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"Videogames across all kinds of genres, devices and platforms are enjoyed safely and sensibly by more than 2 billion people worldwide, with the educational, therapeutic, and recreational value of games being well-founded and widely recognized".

Despite some pushback from various places, including the Entertainment Software Association, the WHO Has nonetheless chose to go ahead and keep the disorder in its finalized classifications.

WHO will be notifying governments that they'll be expected to add gaming disorder to their public health systems.

One thing is clear: The ICD-11 update is arriving one way or another.

The United Nations' WHO has been contemplating the declaration of compulsive video game playing as a mental health condition since previous year, and the game industry has been pushing back.

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