WHO recognized ‘burn-out’ as medical condition and ‘gaming disorder’ a recognised illness

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  • Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) in its World Health Assembly held in Geneva, had for the first time recognized ‘burn out’ as a medical condition in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which was extensively used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers.
  • WHO in its catalogue of diseases and injuries defined burn-out as a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.
  • The updated list of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) dubbed as ICD-11 which was drafted last year after the recommendations from health experts around the world.
  • The ICD-I which will take effect in January 2022, contains several other additions, including classification of “compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental disorder.
  • WHO had also the first time recognised video gaming as an addiction, listing it alongside gambling and drugs like cocaine
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