The World Health Organisation will soon recognise gaming addiction as a mental health condition.

A lot of places already recognise it as a problem, but having it officially added to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will raise awareness and help gaming addicts get the help they need.

It will be called “gaming disorder” and is described as a pattern of gaming behaviour so severe that it takes “precedence over other life interests”.

Symptoms include:

  • loss of control over gaming (not being able to easily stop gaming)
  • increased priority given to gaming (choosing gaming over seeing friends, eating, sleeping)
  • continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences (not cutting down – or gaming even more – after things get bad, like getting in trouble for missing school because you were playing World of Warcraft all night)

Did you know…

In South Korea gaming addiction was such a problem they made it illegal for anyone under 16 to play online games between midnight and 6am!


Source: Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

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