The World Health Organization has officially declared video gaming a new mental health disorder. The announcement comes years after gaming was first considered a “Condition for Further Study” in the DSM-5.
The WHO now lists gaming as an "official" disorder in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, CNN reports.
The DSM-5 states that Internet Gaming Disorder is most common in male adolescents 12 to 20 years of age. But addiction to gaming is on the rise among the females and middle age population.
An individual is diagnosed with the disorder if he or she meets 5 of the following criteria in one calendar year.
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