Gaming disorder could soon be treated in public health sector

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"And let me emphasise that this is a clinical condition, and clinical diagnosis can be made only by health professionals which are properly trained to do that", he noted.

The WHO's latest reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and video gaming as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour". "Increased frequency and intensity" of gaming has been cited as a predominant attribute of the disorder.

The first telltale sign is "gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities to the extent that other activities are taken to the periphery", says Poznyak. If your child gets sucked into a game for a few days, but goes back to normal after that, they wouldn't qualify: Instead, people must engage in this behavior for at least 12 months, World Health Organization says. Those seeking treatment for compulsive or addictive technology use, including for gaming, have had trouble finding treatment that is covered by insurance.

Less than 3-percent of all gamers are actually considered to have an addiction, typically resulting in negative consequences in daily life.

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

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A major venture for the World Health Organization is creating and maintaining the International Classification of Diseases, which is a grading system that assists in identifying a wide range of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, and much more.

ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will come into effect on 1 January 2022.

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. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and learning ways to live with computers responsibly. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual called the International Classification of Diseases, or I.C.D., the United Nations health agency explains the change and why it has (finally) removed the transgender mental disorder classification.

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

The new ICD also includes for the first time a chapter on traditional medicines, used by millions of people around the world.

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