Obsessive Gaming Is Officially Recognized As Mental Disorder
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially recognized video game addiction as a mental health disorder under its International Classification of Diseases list.
While the ICD features over 50,000 different disorders, injuries and causes of death, it now includes a form of obsessive gaming, labeled “Gaming Disorder.”
Additionally, the disorder consists of “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior [that] takes precedence over other life interests.” WHO’s research finds worst cases involved gamers playing up to 20 hours a day neglecting food, sleep and other daily activities.
In addition to WHO’s addition of the disorder, in 2007, The American Psychiatric Association added “Videogame Addiction” to its list of disorders.