Video game addiction will be on the WHO list of diseases
Video game addiction is a mental disorder? This is according to the World Health Organization, for which playing video games is little different from gambling. This addiction is expected to be on the new list of diseases prepared by the organization for 2018.
Wkr tce is expected to be the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases b (International Classification of Diseases – ICD) lists of patients b and medical procedures. The list is intended to make it easier for doctors to organize their work and make diagnoses, as well as conduct statistical studies. It is being created by the World Health Organization (WHO). The current version was approved in 1990 and is used by more than 100 countries around the world.
The new list is to include a disorder caused by computer games. According to the WHO, this is expected to be helpful in evaluating the diagnosis of. Although the new list is not due out until May, the WHO decision has already caused considerable controversy among the d Internaut , which ers doubt whether excessive gaming can have a negative impact on mental health.
WHO has now made the initial list of ICDs publicly available. According to the document, obsessive video game playing can lead to a diagnosis of mental health disorders. WHO defines the disorder as "persistent or recurrent" pattern of behavior o "sufficient intensity, which re causes significant impairment in a personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important area of functioning".
The disorder is characterized by impaired control of the player’s. The patient is unable to control the urge to play, despite the negative consequences of doing so. According to the WHO’s preliminary draft, obsessive video game playing, zar both online and offline, must be recorded over a period of at least 12 months to be considered a medical condition. But if symptoms are severe, this period can be kr tszy.
– The inclusion of the disorder in the ICD is an issue that the which countries take into account when deciding how to provide health care and allocate resources for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation – Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman, said in an interview with CNN. This means that treatment of this disorder in many countries can be reimbursed by the state. Employers and insurance companies will also have to reckon with this diagnosis.
WHO tempted only to give a clinical description of the disorder for now. There are no guidelines for possible treatment or prevention of the disorder.