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What Is a Gaming Disorder?

The World Health Organization Officially Listed Gaming Disorders as a Mental Health Condition

How do you treat a gaming disorder?
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Have a few Fortnite-obsessed kids? Then you might be interested to know that The World Health Organization (WHO) officially listed gaming disorders as a new mental health condition in the 11th edition of International Classification of Diseases (CID), which was released on June 18.

Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, told CNN that he's "not creating a precedent" but believes it's important for people who suffer from the condition to get the help they need — despite it being a very rare disorder.

Although not all medical experts agree that gaming disorders should be recognized by the CID because they believe the diagnosis is "too broad," it's important that parents know what to look for when it comes to video game addiction.

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