World Health Organization Now Recognizes "Burnout" As An Official Medical Condition

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A new decision from the WHO has recognized "gaming addiction" as a mental health disorder. CBS also included a survey from Gallup that found 1 in 4 respondents claimed to be feeling burned out "always" or "often".

The newest addiction actually isn't a substance at all, but instead video games. Better known as ICD-11, the classification serves as the global standard for diagnosing health-related issues.

Saxena wants to stress that there are many, many gamers who have a perfectly healthy relationship with video games, it's just a small minority of gamers who are susceptible to video game addiction.

The ICD is WHO's handbook meant to guide medical professionals in diagnosing diseases. Rather, the disorder occurs when gaming interferes with people's daily lives. For diagnosis, the patient would typically be exhibiting the aforementioned behavior for a period of at least 12 months, although this can be shortened if "symptoms are severe".

In response to the classification, representatives of the global video game industry - from the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa and Brazil - have requested that the World Health Organization changes its decision.

"The WHO's removal of "gender identity disorder" from its diagnostic manual will have a liberating effect on transgender people worldwide", said Graeme Reid.

'Gaming disorder is not based on sufficiently robust evidence to justify inclusion in one of the WHO's most important norm-setting tools, ' the IGEA said in a statement.

The WHO classifies video game disorder as continual video game playing that leads to "impaired control over gaming", adding that gaming takes over other priorities in life.

In addition to the lack of scientific consensus on the matter, video game groups aren't terribly happy with the decision, either.

Health professionals will be better able to make a diagnosis now the disorders are official, says the WHO.

They also say gaming has "educational, therapeutic, and recreational value", and this sentiment has been proven on many fronts.

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