WHO to list gaming addiction as mental health condition

File: The global health body says persistent gaming behaviour can take precedence over other life interests. Photo: Pexels

JOHANNESBURG - The World Health Organisation (WHO) plans to list gaming addiction as a mental health condition.

The global health body says persistent gaming can take precedence over and affect other life interests.

Some countries already identify a pre-occupation with gaming as a major public health issue.

The United Kingdom already has private addiction clinics to treat the disorder.

In South Korea, the government placed a ban, bwtween midnight and 6am, on access for online gaming to children under the age of 16.

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