Wednesday 21 August 2019

Video game addiction and work burnout ruled official illnesses

Diagnosis will be easier, says the health organisation. Photo: Bloomberg
Diagnosis will be easier, says the health organisation. Photo: Bloomberg

Tom Hoggins

The World Health Organisation has voted to recognise video game addiction and professional burnout as official illnesses.

It defines gaming disorder as "characterised by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences".

For diagnosis, says the WHO, the behaviour must be "of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning."

Health professionals will be better able to make a diagnosis now the disorders are official, says the WHO.

Irish Independent

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