World Health Organization considers excessive gaming as mental illness

The World Health Organization is considering to classify “gaming disorder” as a mental health problem.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a statment that it will add gaming disorder to its international classification of diseases next year, which means, doctors can now diagnose someone with the condition of having mental illness if they play video games excessively.

According to the WHO, the problem comes when gaming takes priority over other personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

The behavior must persist for at least one year to be diagnosed, however, that time can be shortened in severe cases.

No decision has as yet been made as to whether gaming disorder will indeed be included as part of the 2018 ICD.

If you think you’re playing video games too much, you just might be having a mental issue…


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