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Addiction to Video Games is a mental health disorder: World Health Organization


According to WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD), gaming addiction is “a pattern of constant or recurrent gaming behavior,” so serious that it “takes superiority over the life interests of others”.

Previously, many parents were concerned but now they have a new argument to limit the ‘screen time’ of their children. Screen time is mainly the addiction to video games that have been recognized by WHO as mental health chaos.

Shekhar Saxena, an expert of WHO on mental health and substance abuse said, some of the most horrible cases seen in worldwide research were of people playing video games for up to 20 hours a day, meals, forgoing sleep, school or work and day to day activities.

According to him, a small number of people who play digital and video games would extend a problem but said recognition of early warning signs can help to stop it. Further, he also added that “This is an infrequent or transitory behavior, but if such behavior persists for approximately a year then a possible diagnosis of a disorder can be made.”

The ICD (International Classification of Diseases) which has been updated over the last 10 years covers about 55,000 injuries, causes of death and diseases. It creates a base for the WHO and other specialists to see and reply to trends in health.

As per the statement as the ICD given by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus published “It enables us to know so much about that why people get sick and die and to take action to stop suffering and hence saving lives”.

The latest version of ICD is known as ICD-11 which is completely electronic for the first time, to make it more available to doctors and other health workers all across the globe. It also comprises changes to sexual health classifications. The newest edition also has a new section on traditional medicine.

Moreover, in a statement given by WHO states that ICD is listed to be presented to WHO member states at their yearly World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption in January 2022.



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