WHO to classify 'gaming addiction' as mental health disorder


The report indicates that the manual was last updated way back in 1990, and the newest manual will make its re-debut in 2018.

The organization released a draft of its 11th update of International Classification of Diseases, and "Gaming Disorder" is listed under the category: "Disorders due to substance use or addictive behaviors".

"Most people who play video games don't have a disorder, just like most people who drink alcohol don't have a disorder either". Although the ICD-11 has yet to be finalised, the current draft outlines different criteria used to determine whether a person's gaming has become a serious health condition. Symptoms include the inability to control when and how to play video games. The behavior hurts one personally, educationally or occupationally or adversely affects other important areas of life like relationships, according to the proposed definition.

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The organization classifies gaming addiction as a "pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior which may be online or offline". All things considered, it is this record stipulates the universal standard for what does and doesn't quality as a mental condition, which implies that specialists could soon diagnose patients to have gaming disorder, and insurance agencies could broaden scope for treatment of the disease.

A video gaming disorder is going to be named a mental condition for the first time, according to New Scientist.

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