The United Nations’ health agency, the World Health Organization, is set to recognise ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental health condition, according to reports. You must have heard that experts advise kids and even adults to abstain from playing video games for a long period of time, as it develops into an addiction.
The WHO is now officially going to recognise the addiction as a mental health condition next years, when its official literature on diseases gets updated for the first time in at least three years.
Ever since the Who was created in the 1948, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has been used by the health agency to classify and analyse diseases and other health issue. The literature of the diseases in WHO was originally called as the International List of Causes of Death, however it has undergone at least 10 published editions since then.
The WHO now is set to publish the 11th update of the ICD in 2018 and the agency has decided that it will be including gaming disorder in the list of new diseases and conditions.
New Scientist reported that the WHO is still finalising the language which will be used to describe the condition in the new publication. However, there are certain drafted guidelines that the medical experts can use to determine whether a person is addicted to playing games or not.
The guidelines reportedly include giving a priority to gaming to a point where the activity “takes precedence over other life interests,” and does so for at least a year, and insisting on gaming even if a person is aware of, and has suffered from its “negative consequences.”
Reports state that the wHo has other such similar lists of disorders or conditions associated with technology like smartphone or internet addiction. However, according to the Daily Mail, there is still not enough evidence whether these conditions are “real disorders” or not.