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World Health Organization Links Video Game Playing With Mental Health Condition

Jun 18, 2018  •  Post A Comment

In a new revision issued today to a disease classification manual, the U.N.’s World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, the AP reports.

“The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players,” the AP reports. “WHO said classifying ‘gaming disorder’ as a separate addiction will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks.”

The report adds: “The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 percent of all gamers believed to be affected.”

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