Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

World Health Organization drops transgender from its mental disorders list

World Health Organization drops transgender from its mental disorders list

The goal 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.

The World Health Organization on Monday officially recognized "gaming disorder" as a condition in its International Classification of Diseases, saying that it is possible to be addicted to video games.

"Gaming disorder has been added to the section on addictive disorders", the World Health Organization said in a statement. Of course, the disorder has been criticized from a number of corners, including health professionals who have written it off as being overly broad and subjective. Game addiction however, can result in gamers spending several hours at a time in front of their screens.

"The pattern of gaming [behavior] may be continuous or episodic and recurrent", a report added.

Poznyak said the condition leads to "significant distress and impairment in personal, family, social, educational or occupational functioning". So don't let a young child play a mature-rated game. Many health experts who welcomed the decision to classify it believe that it is an important step forward.

The World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases (ICD) publication, now in version ICD-11 and first known as the International List of Causes of Death when it was adopted back in 1893, is created to make cross-border statistical reporting and treatment easier by ensuring that everyone is using the same terms with the same definitions.

"A key principle in this revision was to simplify the coding structure and electronic tooling - this will allow health care professionals to more easily and completely record conditions", said Dr. Robert Jakob, leader of the WHO's Classifications Terminologies and Standards team. This goes beyond most of the addiction issues and refers to a pattern of gaming behaviour that "increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences for the individual or others around this individual".

On top of that, the classification would also raise public awareness of the long-term potential psychological effects of gaming, and enable sufferers to get insurance coverage for treatment. Previous editions had categorised sexual dysfunction and gender incongruence, for example, under mental health conditions, while in ICD-11 these move to the sexual health section.

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, WHO said in a statement.

Like this: