WHO: Gaming addiction 'a mental health disorder'

The World Health Organization's decision to label addiction to digital and video games as a mental health condition puts it at odds with gaming industry organisations.

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    The latest list of diseases published by the World Health Organization (WHO) includes addiction to video games.

    Doctors now recognise persistent and compulsive gaming behaviour as a mental health disorder.

    Some gamers play for up to 20 hours a day and forget about sleeping, eating and work.

    Al Jazeera's Paul Chaderjian reports.


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