WHO set to recognize gaming addiction as mental health condition

The World Health Organization is set to label video gaming addiction as a mental health condition for the first time next year, calling it "gaming disorder" The term has been added to a draft of next year's International Classification of Diseases, and is being described as a "pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior" both on or offline

The term is being used for those who constantly prioritize playing games over what the WHO called other "life interests" The WHO also made clear that the listing does not include any prevention or treatment methods, but rather just a clinical description of what constitutes a "gaming disorder"

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