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Gaming Disorder to Become Official Mental Health Diagnosis

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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.

In addition to being more easily identified, an official listing also may make it more likely that a person’s insurance plan will cover treatment. Even though games aren’t consumable like drugs and alcohol, mental health experts believe they can be similarly addictive. When playing video games, a rush is experienced similar to those of addicts. Similar to a gambling addiction, gaming addictions are characterized by a compulsion to do something and an inability to detach from it.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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