WHO will, for the first time, include video game disorders in the International Classification of Diseases for the year 2018.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized addiction to video games as a disease. WHO will, for the first time, include video game disorders in the International Classification of Diseases for the year 2018. The latter is a widely used diagnostic manual, which was last updated in 1990 and the latest version called ICD-11 is expected to come out in 2018, reported Forbes magazine on Tuesday.
The chapter on Gambling Disorders, which will be integrated into the future ICD-11, is yet to be finalized, and will officially recognize obsessive video game disorders as a mental illness. According to this draft, a gamer (gambler) presents a gambling disorder if he gives increasing priority to the game “to the extent that the game takes precedence over other interests of life including sleep and food”.
“Health professionals need to recognize that gambling disorders can have serious health consequences such as alcohol abuse,”. Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. WHO.
A recommendation that does not necessarily mean that playing video games is always bad for health. As Newsweek reports, “a study showed that playing games like Mario Bros would boost brain activity.”
The WHO announced in September 2015 its intention to add Internet addiction and addiction to selfie photos to its list of mental illnesses.