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Gaming disorder could soon be treated in public health sector

WHO will be notifying governments that they'll be expected to add gaming disorder to their public health systems.

Picture: pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has included “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

The latest version of the ICD was released on Monday to include the condition - which is characterised by “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour which may be online or offline”.

It adds the behaviour is severe enough to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

WHO will be notifying governments that they'll be expected to add gaming disorder to their public health systems.

According to CNN, people check their phones on average 150 times a day.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)