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WHO Adds ‘Gaming Disorder’ In The List Of Mental Health Condition

Gaming disorder has been added to the section on addictive disorders

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has now included “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

The ICD, a diagnostic manual published by the WHO, was last updated in 1990 and its new edition, ICD-11, has included gaming disorder as a serious health condition that needs to be monitored.

“Gaming disorder has been added to the section on addictive disorders,” the WHO said in a statement.

This classification means health professionals and systems will be more “alerted to the existence of this condition” while boosting the possibility that “people who suffer from these conditions can get appropriate help”, Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, was quoted as telling the CNN.

“Millions of gamers around the world, even when it comes to the intense gaming, would never qualify as people suffering from gaming disorder,” he said, adding that the overall prevalence of this condition is “very low”.

“And let me emphasise that this is a clinical condition, and clinical diagnosis can be made only by health professionals which are properly trained to do that,” he noted.

The new ICD-11 is also able to better capture data regarding safety in healthcare, which means that unnecessary events that may harm health — such as unsafe workflows in hospitals — can be identified and reduced, the statement said.

It also includes new chapters, one on traditional medicine: although millions of people use traditional medicine worldwide, it has never been classified in this system.

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children Playing game on Laptop, Pixabya

Another new chapter on sexual health brings together conditions that were previously categorised in other ways (e.g. gender incongruence was listed under mental health conditions) or described differently.

ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by member states, and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

“ICD is a cornerstone of health information and ICD-11 will deliver an up-to-date view of the patterns of disease,” said Lubna Alansari, WHO’s Assistant Director-General (Health Metrics and Measurement).

The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide, and contains around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death.

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Gaming T.v, Pixabay

Also read: ASUS Expands its Gaming Laptop line-up in India

It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe. (IANS)

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Dell Unveils New Gaming Laptops And AIOs In Its Inspiron Series

The Inspiron AIO carries a 4GB "GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050".

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Dell Unveils New Gaming Laptops And AIOs In Its Inspiron Series
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Dell India on Thursday launched new laptops in its “Alienware” series, high-performance gaming “G Series” and All-in-Ones (AIOs) in its Inspiron series.

Dell “G3 15” gaming laptop will be availale at a starting price of Rs 80,990 from July 13, Dell “G7 15” gaming laptop will be available at a starting price of Rs 1,24,690 while the price of Alienware 15 laptop starts at Rs 1,46,890.

The price of Alienware 17 laptop starts at Rs 2,08,790 while “Inspiron 24 5000” AIO at Rs 91,690.

“Dell earned the trust of our consumers as the ‘most trusted brand’ in 2018. It is our responsibility to maintain the trust with the best in all categories of PCs we operate in,” P. Krishnakumar, Senior Vice President and General Manager-Consumer and Small Business, Dell India, said in a statement.

“Dell continues to work towards being in the top consideration set for all kinds of gamers and gaming communities,” Krishnakumar added.

The 15-inch Dell “G3” is powered with 8th Gen Intel processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI.

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Dell laptops. Representational image, Pixabay

Dell “G7” features 8th Gen Intel core i9 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX up to 1060 with “Max-Q” design technology.

The Inspiron AIO carries a 4GB “GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050”.

Also read: Dell Technologies Accelerates Partner Business Growth with Broader Offerings

Alienware 15 and 17 are built with premium materials and feature 8th Gen Intel Core i9 k-Series processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. (IANS)