WHO plans to classify video game addiction as a disease

Lisa Pont has heard plenty of scepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organisation plans to officially do in a couple of months. “Some people think it trivializes other diseases. People think, ‘Oh my God, how can you get addicted to gaming? Just put (the controller) down,’ or like, ‘Please, then anything can be a disease,”‘ says Pont, a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. “But I’ve been…

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