WHO: Computer game addiction gets status as a mental disorder

Monday, June 18, 2018

In the latest international update of the WHO list of mental disorders, “Gaming Disorder” is categorized as a personal disorder. The World Health Organization believes that this will help the world’s country do more to identify the problem so that it contributes to better public health.

The decision is scientifically based, says the head of the WHO Department of Mental Health, Shekhar Saxena. He also says that in many parts of the world both the need for and demand for treatment for such game addiction is alike.

Critics believe that WHO’s decision can lead to unnecessary concern among parents, as well as stamping children and young people who spend time on computer games.

Others hope that this will cause the problem to be taken more seriously. They emphasize the importance of detecting game addiction quickly as children and young people at risk do not usually seek help on their own.

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