WHO takes transgenderism out of mental illness category

The WHO has listed "gaming disorder" in its International Classification of Diseases for the very first time. The man - who died of cardiac arrest after a three-day gaming binge - is one of several gaming deaths in the nation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that being transgender will no longer be classified as a mental illness in the new International Classification for Diseases (ICD), the ICD-11.

She added, "In terms of health care provisions, we don't expect much change, because this category will still have a place in ICD".

Online and offline "gaming disorder" is grouped with "disorders due to substance use or addictive behaviours" in the ICD's 11th edition, the first major revision in almost three decades.

For video game addicts, it might soon be 'game over'. Before that happens, though, the games industry is determined to make its voice heard so that the World Health Organization may reconsider.

Two players sleeping on their keyboards during the 29th edition of the PolyLAN video game tournament at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre in Lausanne in April.

The AP notes that The American Psychiatric Association still does not label Gaming Disorder as a mental health condition.


However, there is no mention that these boys are failing in school, their personal health is lacking or that they are "prioritising gaming over other interests", as the WHO specifies as the requirements for gaming disorder.

"Video gaming is like a non-financial kind of gambling from a psychological point of view", said Griffiths, a distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. There's still disagreement whether gaming disorders exist at all, but rehab facilities and treatment programs specifically for video game addiction are slowly cropping up around the United States.

The ICD is used internationally to diagnose and codify incidents of diseases and disorders, including - though not limited to - mental health conditions.

"Gender incongruence... has also been moved out of mental disorders in the ICD, into sexual health conditions", reads the WHO's release on ICD-11, available on their website. Some national surveys suggest that gaming-related disorders affect as much as 15% of young people in Asian countries and 10% in Western countries.

The World Health Organization's global list of diseases is getting an update. The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive.

The report said that 44 percent of gamers say that emotional wellbeing is the main benefit of gaming to society while only 3 percent think gaming has no benefit to wider society.


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