'Gaming Disorder' Is Now Official

Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH


July 18, 2018

Hello. I'm Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy, a practicing internist, Medscape advisor, and senior medical director for WebMD. Welcome to Medscape Morning Report, our 1-minute news story for primary care.

For the first time in 10 years, the World Health Organization has released a new edition of its International Classification of Diseases. ICD-11 is the first to be fully electronic, and it has 55,000 codes compared with the 14,400 in ICD-10.

There's a new chapter on traditional medicine as well as a new chapter on sexual health. The diagnosis known as "gender incongruence" was moved from the mental health category into the new sexual health chapter as a way of destigmatizing this diagnosis.

Another change is the new diagnosis "gaming disorder." It comes under the umbrella of addictive disorders. It's defined as impaired control over digital or video gaming for at least a year, leading to adverse effects on personal health and overall function, [where] gaming takes priority over usual activities, like sleeping, eating, working, or socializing.

Take some time to get familiar with the new codes so you're ready when ICD-11 is integrated into clinical practice.

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