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  • WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018

    WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018... lol -- http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/27/health...who/index.html

    (CNN)In 2018, playing video games obsessively might leadto a diagnosis of a mental health disorder.

    In the beta draft of its forthcoming 11th International Classification of Diseases, the World Health Organization includes "gaming disorder" in its list of mental health conditions. The WHO defines the disorder as a "persistent or recurrent" behavior pattern of "sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning."

    The disorder is characterized by "impaired control" with increasing priority given to gaming and "escalation," despite "negative consequences."

    Video game playing, either online or offline, must be "normally evident over a period of at least 12 months" for this diagnosis to be made, according to the beta draft guidance. However, if symptoms are severe and all requirements are met, health care professionals may include people who have been playing for shorter periods of time, the draft reads.
    Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO, said the new ICD-11 entry on gaming disorder "includes only a clinical description and not prevention and treatment options."

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    Everything will be a mental disorder soon.

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