Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Video Game Addiction Receives Official Recognition From WHO

Gaming Addiction Is Now An Official Mental Health Disorder WHO declares compulsive video gaming a mental disorder
Johnnie Parks | 20 June, 2018, 22:27

A new World Health Organization report says that transgenderism is no longer classified as a mental disorder - but video game addiction apparently is, according to the same report.

The United Nations" health agency on Tuesday released its latest worldwide classification of diseases, known as the ICD-11, which categorises "gender incongruence' under a newly created chapter on sexual health.

Gaming disorder is one of many mental health conditions that the WHO that have been changed - they have been simplified and diagnostic descriptions have been added. In fact, only two to three percent of gamers have 'gaming disorder, ' and most of the time, those with the disorder have other problems like depression, bipolar disorder or autism. The increased risk may be from the frequency of gaming, from the amount of time spent on these activities, from the neglect of other activities and priorities, from risky behaviours associated with gaming or its context, from the adverse consequences of gaming, or from the combination of these.

In spite of what may appear to be universal symptoms, however, the organization is quick to note that the prevalence of gaming disorder, as defined by the WHO, is actually "very low".

A third feature is that the condition leads to significant distress and impairment in personal, family, social, educational or occupational functioning, Poznyak said. If these underlying causes of the use of gaming as a distraction from life are dealt with then gaming is often scaled back dramatically. This will help people become more aware about this entity, and seek and get treatment.

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We can not publish anything from under 16s without parents' permission. The U.S. video game industry - through its Entertainment Software Association lobbying group - threw its support behind several academics who opposed the WHO's efforts when it confirmed a year ago that they would include "gaming disorder" as a condition.

The WHO's categorisation of excessive gaming sees it addressed in the same way as gambling disorder, as a 'disorder due to addictive behaviour'.

Lubna Alansari, WHO's Assistant Director-General talked about the ICD saying, "It is a cornerstone of health information and ICD-11 will deliver an up-to-date view of the patterns of disease". Responding to the move, Dr. Petros Levounis of the Jersey Medial School Department of Psychiatry said that the recognition would help the medical field to be more comprehensive in providing solutions to common and emergent medical health conditions.

A new chapter also has been added on traditional medicine.

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