Health Desk-- 21 June, 2018: World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.
The WHO’s latest reference bible of recognized and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour” that becomes so extensive that it “takes precedence over other life interests”.
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which has been updated over the past 10 years, now covers 55,000 injuries, diseases and causes of death. It forms a basis for the WHO and other experts to see and respond to trends in health.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “It enables us to understand so much about what makes people get sick and die, and to take action to prevent suffering and save lives.”