Compulsive Video-Game Playing Officially a Mental Health Disorder

On Monday, the World Health Organization announced that the compulsive playing of video games is now an official mental health condition called Gaming Disorder. “We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they’re seeing their child drop out of school, but because they’re seeing an entire family structure fall apart,” Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioral addictions at Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, told the AP. But Dr. Joan Harvey tempered that statement by adding, “People need to understand this doesn’t mean every child who spends hours in their room playing games is an addict, otherwise medics are going to be flooded with requests for help." As the AP notes, the American Psychiatric Association has yet to classify Gaming Disorder as a new mental health problem.

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

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