Gaming disorder could soon be a mental health condition, according to WHO

Are you a gamer? Do you spend hours playing video games? Well, guess what, according to World Health Organization (WHO) those who play video games for a long period of time may soon be diagnosed with a mental condition.
The name of the mental condition will be “gaming disorder” and this will be published in the guideline of WHO at its 11th International Classification of Disease (ICD) guidelines, in 2018.

What are the characteristics?

The WHO characterizes gaming disorder with a pattern of consistent gaming behavior that may be online or offline and evident over a period of at least one year. This includes:
• Inability to control gaming ( such as duration, frequency and intensity)
• Putting gaming as a priority over everything else (other daily activities or life interests)
• Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
This pattern of exaggerate gaming may harm your life in general, your private life, job or education.
A WHO spokesman, Gregory Hartl told CNN the new entry on gaming disorder “includes only a clinical description and not prevention and treatment options.”

What is the ICD?
The ICD is the “basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally and the international standard for reporting diseases and health conditions. It is used by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions and by researchers to categorize conditions,” Hartl told CNN.
Countries can consider this when making a decision on health care prevention, treatment and rehab. So gaming disorder will be a health condition on which official diagnoses can be made.
The diagnostic manual was last updated in 1990 and is currently used by more than 100 countries, including Canada.

Internet fires back
After the publishing of the draft version of the ICD, a lot of people used Twitter to criticize the decision of naming playing games a mental disorder.



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