This classification means health professionals and systems will be more "alerted to the existence of this condition" while boosting the possibility that "people who suffer from these conditions can get appropriate help", Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, was quoted as telling the CNN.
Due to be published today, the WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will now include "Gaming Disorder". It is concerning to see the "gaming disorder" proposal in this draft despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community.
"The person does so much gaming that other interests and activities are ignored, including sleeping and eating", Saxena said by phone.
Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
Dr. Levounis said he suspects the American Psychiatric Assocation will elevate gaming disorder to full-recognition status in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The WHO warned that those suffering from "gaming disorder" can suffer impacts to their family, social, educational, and occupational lives.
WHO has said gaming disorder is a serious health condition that requires monitoring.
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World Health Organization says on its website that all people who participate in gaming should be aware that gaming disorder is a real condition, and that it's important to be mindful of how often they play video games.
About 2.6 billion people around the globe play video games on a regular basis, and while it has been proven that gaming can be beneficial, many people have also become addicted. But gaming addiction is more complex than just losing control over how many hours to play and when to stop.
Others welcomed WHO's new classification, saying it was critical to identify people hooked on video games quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who don't seek help themselves.
Addictive behavior around gaming can be treated with conselling or psychotherapy, including 12 step prgrams.
Not everyone agrees with the World Health Organization that defining this condition will help patients.
The WHO's latest reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and video gaming as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour".