“World Health Organization Recognized Video Games as Behavioral Addiction,” including interview with Andrew Malekoff, 1010 WINS Radio, May 31, 2019

“World Health Organization Recognized Video Games as Behavioral Addiction,” including interview with Andrew Malekoff, 1010 WINS Radio, May 31, 2019

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The World Health Organization will list video gaming as a behavioral addiction for the first time.

An official vote by the World Health Organization was made for the latest edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, to include an entry on “gaming disorder” as a behavioral addiction.

According to WHO, in roder for gaming disorder to be diagnosed, “the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.”

“Similar to other addictions, like with drugs or alcohol, a lot of time is spent thinking about ‘When is the next game,” Andrew Malekoff of North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center told CBS2.