The latest “big reveal” of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) says desiring the surgical removal of your genitals is no longer classified as a “mental disorder” because that causes “enormous stigma” for transgender individuals.
But last year’s 11th revelation of the ICD was not dedicated just to the mental liberation of communities. Experts also created a new category of “gaming disorder” designed to stigmatize “a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities.”
Experts say transgender stigma is so severe that the scientific community had to move swiftly to confirm “gender incongruence” as a “sexual health condition” which requires no mental health treatment.
The same experts also said the gaming community is not stigmatized enough, and should expect increased attention from health professionals intent on identifying “any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.”
The political community responded to the transgender crisis with new criminal sanctions for anyone who violently applies the wrong pronoun to an incongruent person, and the social media community has banned “misgendering” and “deadnaming.”
Lawmakers warn that any gamer who spends too much time in a fantasy world that’s more exciting than everyday life risks becoming violent. In April 2017, for example, a teen was killed when three young men began punching a homeless man who refused to give up his seat to let them play “League of Legends,” and the man fatally stabbed one during the melee.
Experts say including “gaming disorder” and excluding “gender incongruence” from the list of psychologically-damaging behaviors will help countries focus on the most important public health trends facing their communities.
The ICD-11 is the first revision of the codes to be completely electronic, which experts say will enable patient data to be recorded and spread around the world more easily.