Gaming addiction will be listed as a mental health condition in the World Health Organisation’s eleventh International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the BBC reported.
The current version of the ICD was released in 1992 and the new guide is set to be published this year.
Currently in draft format, the 2018 ICD states that gaming addiction is a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour so severe that it takes precedence over other life interests.
It suggests that addictive gaming behaviour should be evident for at least 12 months before a diagnosis is assigned, but added that the period may be shortened if symptoms are severe.
Such symptoms include:
- impaired control over gaming (frequency, intensity, duration)
- increased priority given to gaming
- continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences