United News International (UNI)- The World Health Organization announced June 18 that it added “gaming disorder” to the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases.
According to the ICD, gaming disorder is described as a lack of control over gaming.
The organization also classified it as an increased priority given to gaming over daily activities despite consequences.
News of the WHO’s decision came in the midst of parental outrage over children addiction to popular video games like Fortnite.
While the inclusion of the disorder has sparked debate on the impact of video games on mental health, studies suggest the disorder only affects a small number of active gamers.
The inclusion is thought to be a move to encourage better treatment for those suffering from the condition so they can get help.
Some, however, see it as an overreaction.
One psychologist told CNN, “It’s a little bit premature to label this a diagnosis.”