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Video gaming is described as 'a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour'

The UN health agency, in its updated classification manual realeased on Monday, said video game addiction should now officially read "gaming disorder".

These statistics form the basis for healthcare provision everywhere and is at the core of mapping disease trends and epidemics and helping governments decide how money is spent on health services.

It manifests by impaired control over gaming, for example, such as the player being unable to control the onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, or context of the gaming session.

As per the definition by World Health Organization, this mental disorder is "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour" that becomes so extensive that it "takes precedence over other life interests".

For a diagnosis to be made, the negative pattern of behavior must last at least 12 months: "It can not be just an episode of few hours or few days", Poznyak said. In the United Kingdom, the country's National Health Service has now started offering free treatment for those experiencing the disorder, though exactly what treatment would be most effective is still under discussion.

There are plenty of different voices of opinion on whether a gaming disorder is something to treat as a mental issue, with stories from TIME, CBS, and more you can check out for more detail.

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The objective of including gaming disorder in the ICD is, in part, to bring more attention to the issue and raise the visibility of treatments for those seeking help for excessive video game playing, World Health Organization said.

There's no question that games can offer therapeutic benefits, but equally, few would dispute that they can also lead to an unhealthy level of addiction. The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent. However, the DSM falls short of declaring gaming addiction a legitimate disorder.

More than 10,00 proposals for revisions were considered for ICD-11, according to the Director.

Gaming disorder rubs shoulders with conditions such as gambling disorder, substance abuse, and addictive hoarding in the ICD. The number of people this might affect would be a very small percentage of people who play games. The games industry, though, disagrees.

It is indeed. Around the world, you're talking about roughly 2.5 billion people who are playing video games and digital and mobile games. We are therefore concerned to see "gaming disorder" still contained in the latest version of the WHO's ICD-11 despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community.

"ICD is a cornerstone of health information and ICD-11 will deliver an up-to-date view of the patterns of disease", said Lubna Alansari, WHO's Assistant Director-General (Health Metrics and Measurement).

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