An addiction to anything is a distraction to your daily progress. In today’s world, most of the kids get addicted to the video games. Today, the WHO calls it as a mental health condition, media reported. For the first time ever, WHO thinking to add gaming disorder to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the New Scientist reported earlier.

A Diagnostic manual named as ICD, a WHO published has the last update 27 years ago i.e. in 1990. The manual’s 11th edition now due in 2018 and will include gaming disorder as a serious health condition.

The Draft of 11th Edition on Gaming Disorder:

The 11th version draft describes gaming disorder as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline”.

However, the draft now lists a variety of behaviors. These will determine a person’s video game addiction has become a severity and could affect individual’s health. According to the draft, someone has gaming disorder if they have an addiction to gaming or unable to control themselves. These include in terms of frequency, intensity, duration, and termination.

These people will give the priority to the gaming. The extent takes precedence over other life interests. Also, the gaming continues despite negative consequences. Further, to assign any diagnosis, the addiction to gaming must continue for at least 12 months.

“Health professionals need to recognize that gaming disorder may have serious health consequences,” Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, quoted as saying to the Independent.

“Most people who play video games don’t have a disorder, just like most people who drink alcohol don’t have a disorder either. However, in certain circumstances overuse can lead to adverse effects,” Poznyak added.

(Inputs from NIE)