World Health Organisation has decided to list Gaming addiction as a mental health condition for the very first time. The agency’s 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is going to include the condition called “gaming disorder.” This mental health condition has been described in the draft document as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior so intense that it’s prioritized over other life interests.
Gaming addiction is already viewed as a public health issue in some countries. In countries like the United Kingdom, there are even private addiction clinics that help people get over their Gaming Addiction.
Countries like South Korea have introduced laws that ban access for children under the age of 18 from online games between midnight and 6 am.
The World Health Organization last updated the International Classification of Diseases back in 1992. It’s going to release the new guide later this year.
It details that abnormal gaming behavior in an individual should be witnessed over a period of at least one year before a diagnosis can be assigned. However, if symptoms are believed to be severe, the period might be shortened.