"Gaming Disorder" Is A Disease, World Health Organization Decides; Industry Responds

Gaming Disorder’ Is Now Officially Recognised As A Disease By The WHO

Gaming disorder will be listed in ICD-11 as part of its chapter on "mental, behavioral or neurodevelopmental disorders". However, the majority of video game players see no harm done to their lives even in situations where gaming is their preferred form of entertainment. Compulsive sexual behavior and online gambling addiction are also new to the list of health problems.

Meanwhile, a December 2018 report by the nation's top researchers from Seoul National University asserting that the adoption of gaming disorder will incur roughly 10 trillion won ($8.5 billion) loss by 2025 is gaining fresh recognition by local media.

Dr Lale Say, Coordinator, Adolescents and at-Risk Populations Team at the World Health Organization says, "It was taken out of mental health disorders because we have better understanding that this is actually not a mental health condition and leaving it there was causing stigma". Now, at the 72nd World Health Assembly, it was officially adopted.

Still, not all behavior experts agree that gaming is distinct enough from other internet or smartphone-based behavior, and question why gaming is singled out.

The decision was made to include Gaming Disorder in ICD-11 "based on reviews of available evidence and reflects a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions that were involved in the process of technical consultations undertaken by World Health Organization in the process of ICD-11 development".

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There are several people who are addicted to Fornite, PUBG, GTA, and similar other games.

Gaming disorder can impair personal, family, social, educational and/or occupational functioning. "We are concerned they reached their conclusion without the consensus of the academic community", said a statement from the Global Video Game Industry Association, which includes representatives from across Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, and Brazil.

The revision that will include gaming disorder will take effect on January 1, 2022.

Gaming and depression may be interlinked in a way and therefore it is hard to distinguish them.

When asked to elaborate on the decision, Dr Douglas Gentile, a psychologist and Laboratory Head at the Iowa State University Media Research Lab, told Kotaku that "gaming addiction has always been a problem for some and has been a highly debated and often discussed topic among health officials, gamers, researchers and politicians". The syndrome is included in the agency's handbook of medical diagnoses, which guides health professionals around the world.

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