WHO recognizes 'gaming disorder'

The World Health Organization has recognized “gaming disorder” – compulsively playing videogames on the Internet – as a mental health condition, putting it in direct conflict with the American Psychiatric Association.

The 11th edition of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases, due out in 2018, will include the condition, commonly referred to as gaming addiction. This is the first new edition of the International Classification since 1992.

The current edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published in 2013, recognizes gambling as an addiction-like disorder, but not Internet gaming. However, it does say that gaming might be such a disorder, and that the question merits further study.

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