Friday, 21 Jun 2019

WHO classifies gaming disorder into the list of international classification of diseases


IllustrationIllustration - The World Health Organization WHO includes disorders due to games in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) list. Gaming disorders in ICD 11 include interference due to video games or digital gaming. Reporting from WHO website, gaming disorder is characterized by a lack of control over the desire to play games.

As per the guidelines in ICD 11, gaming disorder must show certain patterns to be diagnosed. This pattern includes patient behavior that results in severe damage to individuals, families, social relationships, education, work, and other important aspects. Clarity of the adverse effects of this behavior change lasted for at least 12 months. The gaming disorder number may be small among game lovers. But this can be a warning if the duration of the game becomes longer and disrupts physical health, psychology, and social functions.

Side effects of the game as a product of technological progress have long been detected. But WHO needs time to gather evidence, events, and consult experts from various fields. ICD 11 which was launched in mid 2018 is the result of research for around 11 years. The inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD 11 will increase attention and research on the disorder. Research includes therapy to reduce risk due to interference, prevention and treatment.


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