Dependence on gaming is a ‘disorder’ says the WHO

Many parents have suspected this, now it is confirmed.

The excessive use of video games can create dependency.

Not only parents and educators are worried about what, for many young people, is becoming more than just an obsession; the World Health Organization has added “Gaming Disorder” to the eleventh edition of the diagnostic manual of the International Classification Diseases (ICD).

Cited under the heading “Disorders due to addictive behaviors”, the compulsive use of video games is considered like other gambling disorders, like betting and poker, alongside already classified addictions such as drugs and alcohol.

The new ICD will be published in mid-2018 (more than 20 years after the previous one), but on the WHO website, the document has already been available since January.

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