The WHO’s latest reference of recognised and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour” that becomes so extensive that it “takes precedence over other life interests”
The Hush Post: Though, interactive video games can be a good source of education and entertainment for children, it doesn’t come without a flip side to it, as too much of screen time can impact the health of a child. Compulsive video game addiction has become a modern-day psychological disorder.
Many parents will have thought it for a long time, but they now have a new argument to limit their children’s ‘screen time’ – addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder.
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” that becomes so extensive that it “takes precedence over other life interests”.
A study found based on Video game addiction statistics showed children who spent excessive amounts of time playing violent video games showed a greater tendency towards aggressive behaviour in their daily lives, said a report. This same set of video game addiction statistics also showed ongoing gameplay resulting in poorer grades in school and difficult relationships with their parents. As the amount of time spent playing video games decreased, children showed reduced levels of aggression, better grades and improved parental relationships, the study said.
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which has been updated over the past 10 years, forms a basis for the WHO and other experts to see and respond to trends in health.
“It enables us to understand so much about what makes people get sick and die, and to take action to prevent suffering and save lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement as the ICD was published, it was reported.
This latest version – known as ICD-11 – is completely electronic for the first time, in an effort to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world.
The latest edition also has a new chapter on traditional medicine. The updated ICD is scheduled to be presented to WHO member states at their annual World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption in January 2022, the WHO said in a statement, it was reported.