Dangerous Games

Gaming disorder is expected to be added to the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases next year, as worries mount about the addictive quality of the pastime embraced by some 2.6 billion people worldwide.

The classification could help expand insurance coverage and sparse treatment options, and avoid “dancing around the issue, calling it depression or anxiety,” says Petros Levounis of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who has seen patients with Candy Crush Saga addictions he likens to cocaine disorder—ruining lives. 

Classification or not, gaming disorder remains a new frontier in psychiatry, but other obsessive disorders, like compulsive gambling, may offer a template.

The New York Times

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