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Gaming disorder to be included as one of the mental health conditions by WHO
Gaming disorder is soon to be classified as a mental health condition for the very first time. The International Classification of Diseases is a diagnostic manual that’s published by the World Health Organisation. It was last updated 27 years ago, in 1990. The eleventh edition of the manual is due to be published in 2018 and will include gaming disorder as a serious health condition to be monitored. Last year, researchers from the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute undertook a study to investigate the percentage of gamers who are addicted to video games.
The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that only 2 to 3% of the 19,000 men and women surveyed from the UK, the US, Canada, and Germany admitted that they experienced five or more of the symptoms from the American Psychiatric Association checklist of health symptoms.
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