Job "burnout" is now a recognized medical condition

Henrietta Strickland
May 29, 2019

You can now get a doctor's sheet ordering you to rest after being diagnosed with "burn out.' This is one of the conditions recognized by the global health body in its latest classification of diseases". The move was first reported past year but has now been ratified.

The World Health Organization (WHO) created an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to categorize and define health disorders.

The WHO noted that "studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities". There isn't sufficient data, they say, to indicate that people's reliance on those is a "behavioral addiction" the way gaming can be. Typically, a patient must have shown symptoms for at least one year to be diagnosed. Do you believe gaming disorder is indeed a legitimate mental health condition?

The group is calling for the World Health Organization to re-examine its assessment, adding that studies have shown video games could have "educational, therapeutic, and recreational value". Both the Entertainment Software Association and UK Interactive Association have asked the World Health Organization to re-think their decision, claiming it's "not based on sufficiently robust evidence to justify its inclusion in one of the WHO's most important norm-setting tools".

The big question we're left with now is what exactly constitutes gaming disorder and at what point should we start to be concerned about it.

More importantly, those with gaming disorder give increasing priority to video games 'over other life interests and daily activities, as well as a 'continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurence of negative consequences'.

The updated list removes transgenderism from its list of mental disorders, listing it instead under the chapter on "conditions related to sexual health". This move was also mooted past year.

The LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch celebrated the revision to the ICD-11, saying it would have a "liberating effect".

Burnout now appears in the ICD-11's section on problems related to employment or unemployment.

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