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Is Your Child Video-Game Addicted? Warning Bell for You: It is a ‘Mental Disorder’ According to WHO

Author : OdishaTodayBureau | Posted on: 2019-05-27

Officially, World Health Organisation (WHO) classified video gaming as a mental health disorder in its list of modern diseases during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

WHO agreed to adopt the 11th Revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11). The WHO’s ICD, a reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases, describes addiction to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior” that becomes so extensive it “takes precedence over other life interests.”

 

In a statement, WHO said, “For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least twelve months.”

 

WHO said, the decision regarding the inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11 was based on reviews of available evidence that reflects “a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions that were involved in the process of technical consultations undertaken by WHO in the process of ICD-11 development."

 

ICD (The International Classification of Diseases), which has been updated over the past 10 years, now covers 55,000 injuries, diseases and causes of death. It forms a basis for the WHO and other experts to see and respond to trends in health. The ICD is also used by health insurers whose reimbursements depend on ICD classifications.

 

This latest version - known as ICD-11 - is completely electronic for the 1st time, in an effort to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world.


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