'Gaming disorder' diagnosed as mental health condition

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"The people with gender identity disorder should be not categorized as a mental disorder because in many cases, in many countries it can be stigmatizing, and it can actually decrease their chances of seeking help because of legal provisions in many countries", said Saxena. This means that health facilities will be able to recognize "people who suffer from these conditions can get appropriate help".

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.

That doesn't surprise Daniel Kaufmann, a professor at Grand Canyon University who has done research on video game addiction and has offered treatment for it.

Benjamin Wong, a counselor at Mindful Digitality based in Vancouver, British Columbia, joins KRON4 News to discuss. From there gaming addicts will supposedly exhibit "impaired control of these behaviors even when the negative consequences occur, this behavior continues or escalates". "We welcome the inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11, which will over time help to understand the true prevalence of harmful gaming".

The other notable addition was a diagnosis of gaming disorder, which is new to ICD-11. Some mental health professionals say the new designation could have significant impacts, including getting treatment covered by insurance, making gamers more willing to get treatment and giving credence to parents' concerns about their kids' use of video games.

Video games across all kinds of genres, devices and platforms are enjoyed safely and sensibly by more than 2 billion people worldwide, with the educational, therapeutic, and recreational value of games being well-founded and widely recognised.

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Addictive behavior around gaming can be treated with conselling or psychotherapy, including 12 step prgrams.

Priority given to gaming that overrides other interests and daily activities.

For its part, the Entertainment Software Association also published a press release adding that a paper contesting this decision by the World Health Organization will soon be released.

The ICD is also used by health insurers whose reimbursements depend on ICD classifications.

The UN health agency said that classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will "serve a public health goal for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue".