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‘Gaming Disorder’ Now Officially Recognized By WHO

Beating a video game can become an obsession for some, and now the World Health Organization has officially recognized “Gaming disorder.” This means the newest revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems will contain the disorder—the revision goes into effect January 1st, 2022. It sits in a category called “Disorders due to substances use or addictive behaviors” alongside alcoholism, gambling addiction, and a section devoted to harmful cannabis use dependence. One expert sums up what “gaming disorder” truly consists of: “[The disorder is not characterized by] the number of hours played. It’s when gaming takes precedence over health, hygiene, relationships, finances, etc. [on a consistent basis.]” Here’s the complete story from Mashable. 

 

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