Denver, Colo., Jun 19, 2018 / 03:00 am
This week, the World Health Organization added "gaming disorder" to its list of International Classification of Diseases, drawing praise from one mental health expert who applauded the crucial first step in addressing a mounting epidemic.
"The World Health Organization's decision to acknowledge the video game addiction is a good first step in addressing a growing problem," said Dr. Michael K. Horne, director of Clinical Services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and alumni of the Institute for Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University.
"At best, video games are a distraction that prevent genuine encounters occurring between friends, family, and loved ones. At worst, video game addiction can have severe negative ramifications on the health of the person," Horne told CNA.
"Gaming disorder" will be known, according to W.H.O., as a clinical case of video gaming behavior which leads to distress or significant impairment in personal, family, social, education or occupational functioning.