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Excessive Video Gaming Could Be Declared A Mental Disorder By WHO

Excessive Video Gaming Could Be Declared A Mental Disorder By WHO

Business Insider released an article saying "gaming disorders" could be classified as a mental health condition.

The World Health Organization will add "gaming disorder" to its 2018 version of the International Classification of Diseases, the first time the WHO is updating the document in almost three decades.

Its symptoms include the inability to control when and how to play video games. Instead, the new classification determines that some players prioritize gaming over other facets of their lives, therefore leading to a negative impact upon their lives.

If you think you're playing video games too much, you just might be.




But experts say it should all be seen in the context: where, why and how much someone plays. The only other disorder listed in the subsection of "addictive behaviors", next to Gaming Disorder, is Gambling Disorder.

The classification means doctors and insurance companies will recognize it as a disorder.

The report indicates the problematic behavior is normally present for 12 months for a diagnosis to be made, "although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe".


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