Gaming addiction is now a mental health problem

The WHO has included gaming disorder as a possible addictive behaviour in the latest International Classification of Diseases manual, a draft expected to be approved within a year. People with gaming disorder increasingly prioritize gaming over other activities, even when that could yield negative consequences.

"Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities", the World Health Organization says on its website.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that being transgender will no longer be classified as a mental illness in the new International Classification for Diseases (ICD), the ICD-11.

For instance, some people working on stroke have always been pushing for it to be moved from circulatory diseases, where it has been for 6 decades, into neurological disease, where it now sits in ICD-11. "We are therefore concerned to see "gaming disorder" still contained in the latest version of the WHO's ICD-11 despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community".

Griffiths said playing video games, for the vast majority of people, is more about entertainment and novelty, citing the overwhelming popularity of games like "Pokemon Go". She was not connected to WHO's decision. Who stay up, play too much, don't look after themselves, they're willing to throw away friendships over video games.

It is not yet clear exactly when treatment for the mental health condition will be available on the NHS.

The new catalogue, which still needs to be approved by United Nations member countries, so-called "gender incongruence" is now listed under "conditions related to sexual health", instead of "mental, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders".

WHO has said gaming disorder is a serious health condition that requires monitoring.

The updated ICD is scheduled to be presented to WHO member states at their annual World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption in January 2022, WHO said in a statement.

While gamers are willing to acknowledge the potential downsides of their past-time, with 23 percent claiming that gaming addiction should be ranked alongside drug/alcohol/gambling addiction, the question of commentators linking violence with gaming drew a almost unanimous response. The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive.

"The people with gender identity disorder should be not categorized as a mental disorder because in many cases, in many countries it can be stigmatizing, and it can actually decrease their chances of seeking help because of legal provisions in many countries", said Saxena.

The report said that 44 percent of gamers say that emotional wellbeing is the main benefit of gaming to society while only 3 percent think gaming has no benefit to wider society.

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