BOAZ recognized video game addiction a mental illness

BOAZ recognized video game addiction a mental illness

Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that it had finalized its 11th International Classification of Diseases, and much like the draft did in December of previous year, it includes the addition of gaming to its section of addictive disorders.

The World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases (ICD) publication, now in version ICD-11 and first known as the International List of Causes of Death when it was adopted back in 1893, is created to make cross-border statistical reporting and treatment easier by ensuring that everyone is using the same terms with the same definitions.

"For mental health conditions, ICD codes are especially important since the ICD is a diagnostic tool, and thus, these are the conditions that often garner much of the interest in the ICD", the WHO said today.

Doctors say it only becomes a problem if video games start interfering with a person's daily life.

However, she warns that video gaming addiction affects just a small percentage of the world's population - but adds that "it must be recognised" early, as it can "last a year before diagnosis".

Clinicians have also debated the validity of establishing a gaming disorder, as it shares many characteristics with other addictive disorders.

The World Health Organization has officially classified "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition.

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"Video game addiction essentially is where the brain gets hijacked by the video game and their reward system and it turns it into a loop system so they're constantly craving that reward", Fearzig said. Anthony Bean, a licensed psychologist, tells CNN that in his experience, those addicted to gaming are using it more as a coping mechanism for either anxiety or depression.

Responding to the decision to including gaming addiction, the Video Games Coalition - an industry lobby group - said their products were "enjoyed safely and sensibly by more than 2 billion people worldwide" across all kinds of genres, devices and platforms.

In its latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases, "gender dysphoria" - or transgenderism, in layman's terms - is not listed as a mental disorder any longer, but as a "gender incongruence", which has also been moved out of the mental disorder category.

'We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart, ' said Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokesman for behavioural addictions at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

More than 10,00 proposals for revisions were considered for ICD-11, according to the Director.

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