source Shutterstock/Lenscap The World Health Organization has added “gaming disorder” to the list of mental health conditions in its next update of the International Classification of Diseases, its standardized list of diseases and other medical conditions. Playing too many video games could become problematic if the behavior causes a person’s relationships or performance at school or work to suffer, according to the definition. Although games can potentially become too compelling for some people, they also have some psychological benefits. The World Health Organization has added “gaming disorder” to the list of mental health conditions. The addition will appear in the new version the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the WHO’s standardized list of diseases and other medical conditions used by countries around the world, which was released on … [Read more...] about ‘Gaming disorder’ has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization — here’s what that means
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By Jamey Keaten The Associated Press Maria Cheng Mon., June 18, 2018 GENEVA—The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may really have an addiction. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the UN health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players. WHO said classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks. The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 per cent of all gamers believed to be affected. Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO’s department for mental health and substance abuse, said the agency accepted the proposal that … [Read more...] about Compulsive video gaming classified as a new mental health problem by WHO
While football fans from all around the world are eagerly waiting for 2018 FIFA World Cup to start, a group of experts have revealed some unexpected facts about a serious health issue that could make you sick or even kill you during the sports gala. As per the 2010 study in The American Journal of Medicine, researchers stated that major sports events can cause cardiovascular disease, which is a heart condition that includes diseased vessels, structural problems and blood clots, even can increase death rates. The study also suggested that people with coronary artery disease and others, who usually suffer in specific stressful situations, are at more risk than anybody else. This medical situation could occur when people, who find themselves in extreme stress during an overexciting and highly intense game. A senior cardiac nurse at British Heart Foundation, Julie Ward advised people that World Cup is obviously an exciting event for friends and family but they should not forget to take … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 could be your last event if you overlook serious health issues on match day
Indian actor Irrfan Khan, known for his roles in movies like 'The Lunchbox', 'Jurassic World', and 'Black Mail', has been undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine tumor for the past couple of months. As the entire Bollywood fraternity and millions of fans are praying for his speedy recovery, film journalist Umair Sandhu has revealed that the health condition of the versatile actor is deteriorating consistently. Citing family sources, Sandhu posted on Twitter that Irrfan Khan's cancer is on its final stage. "As per Family Sources of Irffan Khan, his Cancer is at last Stage & Doctors are of the opinion that he may not last more than a month," posted Sandhu on Twitter handle. However, the film journalist retracted the post within a few hours and it is not visible on his Twitter timeline now. Meanwhile, national media houses in India picked up the news, and Times Now published a story titled: 'Is Irrfan Khan's health deteriorating?' quoting Sandhu's tweet. Irrfan Khan is currently … [Read more...] about ‘Jurassic World’ actor Irrfan Khan in critical condition?
Oftentimes, we get mixed up when discussing mental health and mental illness. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. According to the American Psychiatric Association, mental illnesses are defined as “health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these) associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities”. These two paradigms give us separate aspects to look at. Well-being is all about the quality of life a person perceives him or herself to have, regardless of whether a mental illness is present or not. Thus, someone with a mental illness might be able to have optimal mental health, and a person with no mental illness might have difficulty … [Read more...] about Understanding the mental health and mental illness continuum