Job "burnout" is now a recognized medical condition

Thursday, 30 May, 2019

The agency, which guides many health providers and organizations, now includes "burnout" in its International Classification of Diseases Handbook, where it is described as an occupational-related condition "resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed". The move was first reported a year ago but has now been ratified. The revision goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

The ICD also - for the first time - recognises video gaming as an addiction on the same level as other stimulants such as gambling and drugs like cocaine.

"This is an occasional or transitory behavior", he says.

"Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour ('digital gaming" or "video-gaming'), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline", World Health Organization described the condition.

The organizations decrying the decision include Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, the Interactive Software Federation of Europe, K-GAMES, and representatives across Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa and Brazil.

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.

Rather than singling out gaming, Carras and others support the idea of researching internet use and potentially problematic dependence on technology more broadly, to better understand some of the commonalities that patterns of gaming, social media and internet use might share.

The list removes transgenderism from its list of mental disorders, listing it instead under the chapter on "conditions related to sexual health". The move may also lead to relevant prevention and treatment measures.

Human Rights Watch, an non-governmental organization (NGO) in New York City, indicated that the change was made due to "an evolving scientific understanding of gender" and pressure from global transexual activists.

The number of people with burnout complaints due to work has been increasing for years. Better known as ICD-11, the classification serves as the worldwide standard for diagnosing health-related issues.