World Health Organization adds gaming disorder to disease classifications

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(NBC) – This isn’t about kids playing “Fortnite” or “Call of Duty” for a few hours in the basement. As with any medical disorder, the person affected must be seriously impaired.

The World Health Organization proposed adding gaming disorder to its new comprehensive manual of disease classifications on Monday, angering the gaming industry but reassuring doctors who hope it may make treatment more easily available.

Some U.S. experts said it will make little difference when it comes to helping people with the disorder, at least in the United States, but others said it would give legitimacy to a disorder that some people are reluctant to recognize.

The WHO added both online and offline gaming disorder to its latest draft of the International Classification of Diseases manual, called ICD-11.

This isn’t about kids spending a few hours in the basement playing “Fortnite” or “Call of Duty.” As with any medical disorder, the person affected must be seriously impaired.

“Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video gaming’), which may be online or offline,” the manual says.

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