The World Health Organization May Soon Recognize Video Game Addiction


When you think of addiction you probably first think of drugs or alcohol, but behaviors can be addicting as well (take gambling, for example.) And now there’s reason to believe the World Health Organization (WHO) may soon classify gaming disorder– an addiction to playing video games– as a real mental health condition. This information comes from the Beta draft released by WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) which is a standard reference tool on illness. Still, the draft states explicitly that the new listings are not yet approved by WHO. And many mental health professionals disagree with the suggested addition. The condition is currently listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but even they identify Internet Gaming Disorder as “a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion in the main book as a formal disorder.”


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