‘Gam­ing disorder’ now a men­tal ail­ment

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GENEVA: The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) may clas­sify “gam­ing disorder” as a men­tal health con­di­tion in its 2018 man­ual on dis­eases, China’s Xinhua news agency re­ported.

In a draft of WHO’s 11th up­date of the In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases (ICD-11), gam­ing disorder has been included in the cat­e­gory of “men­tal, be­havioural or neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders”.

To war­rant a di­ag­no­sis of such a disorder, one shall have “im­paired con­trol over gam­ing” and give “in­creas­ing pri­or­ity to gam­ing to the ex­tent that gam­ing takes prece­dence over other life in­ter­ests and daily ac­tiv­i­ties” and con­tinue gam­ing “de­spite the oc­cur­rence of neg­a­tive con­se­quence,” ac­cord­ing to the draft.

Such a be­hav­iour pat­tern is of suf­fi­cient sever­ity to re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant im­pair­ment in per­sonal, f a mily, s oci a l , e duca­tional, oc­cu­pa­tional or other im­por­tant ar­eas of func­tion­ing, said the ICD11.

The ICD i s used by health pro­fes­sion­als glob­ally and serves as an i nter­na­tional stan­dard f or defin­ing health con­di­tions and dis­eases.

Sud­den deaths and phys­i­cal symp­toms linked to on­line gam­ing have been on the rise in re­cent years.

In 2014, a 27-year-old Chi­nese woman suf­fered sud­den death af­ter play­ing video games for over 10 con­sec­u­tive hours.

In 2015, a 17-year-old Rus­sian boy was rushed to hospi­tal and died af­ter fall­ing into a coma while play­ing video games al most con­tin­u­ously for 22 days, only stop­ping to sleep and eat. – Ber­nama

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