World Health Organization designates gaming obsession 'a disorder'

The World Health Organisation has included addiction to video games as a mental health condition in the latest draft of its International Classification of Diseases.

The document is published June 18, 2018.

The other recognised authority, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), lists internet gaming disorder as a “condition for further study”, meaning it is not officially recognised.

The game production industry has called the WHO decision “deeply flawed”, according to The Irish Times.

In the past many studies have warned that abnormal gaming behaviour could result in mental health issues. A 2016 study by researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway found a minority of players developed problems, with 1.4 percent termed “addicted” and another 7.3 percent “problem gamers”.

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