NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – If you think you’re playing video games too much, you just might be.

The World Health Organization is poised to classify “gaming disorder” as a mental health problem.

Gaming disorder can be diagnosed if it “is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” according to the draft of WHO’s 2018 International Classification of Diseases.

The disorder is not characterized by playing a video game here or there, but rather by lack of ability to control when one games, “increasing priority give to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” and continuing to game avidly despite having negative consequences for doing so.

The draft statement also says problem behavior is “normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.”

No decision has as yet been made as to whether gaming disorder will indeed be included as part of the 2018 ICD.


Comments (8)
  1. Envil Heath says:

    just being human is a disorder of sorts

  2. Anything in excess is a mental health disorder, including posting comments.

  3. Ken Simmons says:

    The original Star Trek pilot “The Cage” (never aired, but was made into a 2-part episode called “The Menagerie”) has a great storyline postulating the consequences of continual “living in fantasy”. The “addiction” to Video Gaming (both “stand-alone” units and Internet games) by children AND “adults” has a very eerie parallel to the Talosian “condition” presented by the episode.

    Anyone who hasn’t seen this Classic Trek episode (either “stand-alone” or in the 2-part Episode “The Menagerie”) should do so….

  4. Vox Veritas says:

    I’ll get back to you after I finish this game…

  5. It’s called addiction. Yes, it interferes with life. Everyone is afflicted with issues but learn to cope with it. Stop with the disorder labeling already!

  6. WTG Big Pharma,,,Buy the X-Box…Take a pill

  7. jmattaboni says:

    So now you can drink and play online games all day and qualify for “disability”. Were you aware that alcoholism is a perfectly valid excuse to have everyone else pay your bills under SS disability plan?

  8. Futur Fox says:

    YA Video games are a problem cause men dont pay attention to women. Id rather have my game system over a wife any day

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