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WHO Formerly Recognizes ‘Gaming Disorder’ As Mental Health Problem

Associated Press: Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem
“Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition…” (Keaten/Cheng, 6/18).

U.N. News: For video game addiction, now read official ‘gaming disorder’: World Health Organization
“…While some media reports welcomed the formal designation of ‘gaming disorder’ within WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) as helpful to sufferers, others saw it as causing needless concern among parents…” (6/18).

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