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If you can’t seem to put that controller down, you aren’t alone. In fact, 72 percent of American households play video games, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Of those households, an estimated four percent of gamers were considered extreme users, defined by those who play 50 hours per week on average.

Next year, the addiction may become official. The World Health Organization finally added video game addiction to its list. Their description of gaming disorder is very similar to that of gambling disorder in that it interferes with one’s ability to live a productive life, takes precedence over other activities, and can be developed fairly quickly – in one year or sooner.

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If getting someone in your household away from a favorite video game seems impossible, you aren’t alone. In fact, video game addiction has become so prevalent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to add “gaming disorder” to its list of diseases in 2018.

Mental health professionals have long dealt with patients who exhibit signs of the disorder, an impaired control over gaming that includes an inability to quit. Someone with a gaming disorder likely finds that it interferes with other areas of his or her life, the experts say. Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse have been studying the condition for the past six years and join others in the field who believe making it official means it will be easier to diagnose and treat it.

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