This week, the World Health Organization - arguably the leading source for designating what things are bad for us - announced that "gaming disorder" will be included in the latest edition of their bible, the International Classification of Diseases.
"For mental health conditions, ICD codes are especially important since the ICD is a diagnostic tool, and thus, these are the conditions that often garner much of the interest in the ICD", it continues. Overall, the research suggest gaming addiction is very similar to a gambling disorder and substance use disorders - in fact, the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, listed Gaming Disorder right below the former.
This latest version, ICD-11, is completely electronic for the first time, in an effort to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world.
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Generally, the existence of gaming disorder as a true addiction has been openly debated since 2016, with UKIE outlining in its FAQ concerning the condition that "36 internationally renowned and respected mental health experts, leading social scientists and academics from research centres and prestigious universities" opposed the official recognition of the disorder.
The disorder affects no more than 3 percent of gamers, the Associated Press reported, with some estimates as low as one percent.
Others welcomed the move, saying it was critical to identify video game addicts quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who do not seek help themselves. The statement is highly critical, citing contested and inconclusive data and concerns of misdiagnosis.
There's another related condition that's new to ICD-11: Hazardous gaming.
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However, some have questioned whether gaming disorder needs to be recognized as its own condition, and not dealt with as a symptom of mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.
ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by member states, and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.
"The WHO process lacks transparency, is deeply flawed, and lacks scientific support", Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, said in a statement in March. The inclusion of a disorder in ICD is take into account by countries when planning public health strategies and monitoring trends of disorders.
"People that tend to have a problem with scratching their video game habits are going to suffer in life areas like work or relationships, or friendships or school", he said.
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It also includes new chapters, one on traditional medicine: although millions of people use traditional medicine worldwide, it has never been classified in this system.