Video games addiction recognized as mental health problem by the Who
The World Health Organization (WHO) released yesterday the new draft of the 2018 International Classification of Diseases (CIM-11).
La CIM is used as a basis for establishing trends and health statistics worldwide et contains approximately 55,000 unique codes for trauma, illness and cause of death. It provides a common language through which health professionals can exchange health information around the world.
Video game game addiction, a condition that got a lot of attention before the publication of the first version of ICD-11, has been added to the section on addiction disorders. “By online game use disorder, we are talking about players whose video game practice affects other activities such as sleeping, going to class, or working,” says Dr. Shekhar Saxena
(Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse WHO). Only a small minority of players have this kind of problem, “he added.
ICD-11 will be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States and will enter into force on the 1st of January 2022. The classification published today is a preliminary overview that will help countries to plan the use of the new version, prepare translations and train health professionals.