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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.

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.