WHO has officially recognized video game addiction as a disease

WHO reveals the concept of gaming disorder as “a pattern of behavior when playing digital or video games, characterized by a violation of game control.” People give the main priority to the game, while other interests and everyday activities fade into the background.

The diagnosis is made in this case if the problems arising from gambling addiction in personal, family, social and other areas last at least a year. In severe cases, the disorder can be diagnosed in less time, the WHO notes.

The new version of the classifier of diseases has been in development for more than 10 years. ICD-11 contains more than 55 thousand unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death, the WHO notes.

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