The World Health Organization (WHO) thinks that video game disorder is a mental problem. Thus, this disorder will be part of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) that will be published next year.
According to New Science, it is important to point out that, although it does not yet reach the final definition, WHO considers video game disorder a pattern of behavior in which the person plays in a “continuous or recurrent” manner without being able to control their frequency, duration, context, and intensity. In other words, it is a type of disorder in which the affected person has a certain addiction to video games.
According to Vladimir Poznyak, head of the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, it is important that health professionals recognize the existence of these types of disorders. In addition, he noted that although most gamers do not suffer from disorders, it is a problem that can have serious consequences.
“Health professionals must recognize that gambling disorders can have serious health consequences. Game behavior and other characteristics [of video game disorder] are usually evident for a period of at least 12 months for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and the symptoms are severe” he said.
Since the beginning of the year, reports have emerged suggesting that WHO was interested in adding video game disorder to ICD-11; however, this caused controversy because a group of experts published an article where they state that it is not clear if the resulting problems should be attributed to a new disorder.
And what do you think? Do you think that the addiction to video games should be considered as a health problem? Do you know any case of this disorder? Tell us in the comments below.