Are games making you sick? World Health Organization to recognize "gaming disorder"

World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized gaming disorder as a mental health condition.

It's nearly official, excessive gaming is on the verge of being classified under "disorders due to addictive behaviours" as an ailment worthy of treatment.

"Gaming Disorder" is all set to be classified as a mental health condition in World Health Organization's global list of illnesses for the first time next year, according to the Independent.

The WHO says it will classify the disorder to include the inability to control when to play video games, including playing games over other interests in life and playing despite negative consequences.

U.S. News reports the WHO is adding to its list of mental health conditions in 2018. The pattern of gaming behaviour may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.

"The gaming behavior and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe", according to the proposed disease classification listing. This set of universal medical codes is meant to make it easier to identify specific health disorders on a consistent basis across nations; the current version, ICD-10, is being updated. Created by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the guide is used by American mental health professionals to diagnose mental health problems. So in case you're spending the occasions gaming without end, you might need to investigate exactly how much family time you're deprioritizing for those little characters on your screen.



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