The ICD-11, which is to take effect in January 2022, contains several other additions, including classification of "compulsive sexual behavior" as a mental disorder, although it stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviors.
According to the World Health Organization, gaming disorder will become officially recognised from 1st January 2022. As we reported last June, the most controversial feature of ICD-11 was its inclusion for the first time of gaming disorder.
According to the American Institute of Stress, an estimated one million workers are absent every day due to stress and dozens of studies have linked stress to various health conditions. "We are therefore concerned to see "gaming disorder" still contained in the latest version of the WHO's ICD-11 despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community".More news: Meghan Markle and Harry planning first overseas trip with Archie THIS year
Burnout as a psychological term was first described in the mid-1970s, BuzzFeed reports, when psychologist Herbert Freudenberger used it to describe cases of "physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress".
We've all experienced these feelings at some point in our professional life, and the World Health Organization designation excludes those who have been diagnosed with other stress-related medical conditions, including anxiety and mood disorders.
The classification defines "gaming disorder" as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior that becomes so extensive that it takes precedence over other life interests.More news: Here's what iOS 13 Dark Mode reportedly looks like
Now known under the name "Gaming Disorder", the classification puts the addiction on a similar level to the aforementioned substances.
It has been studied among medical staff, teachers, social workers, and people working in the financial sector - with studies finding up to 68 percent of medical oncologists (cancer physicians) suffering from the condition.
ICD-11 states that gender "variant behaviour and preferences alone are not a basis" for assigning diagnoses related to sexual health.More news: Dell Adds OLED Screens, Intel 'Ice Lake' to 2019 XPS Lineup
While these symptoms may also be visible in non-work related situations (like feeling overwhelmed with housework and family obligations, for example), the World Health Organization states that this diagnosis should only be used in an occupational context.