Mental health study targets video games

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June 17, 2018 - 11:00 PM

GENEVA (AP) — For video game addicts, it might soon be “game over.”

In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said today that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of many parents but led some critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing young video players.

The U.N. health agency said classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will “serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue.”

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