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Concern rises over World Health Organisation's new "gaming disorder"

A “gaming disorder” could become a proper medical condition should a draft of the updated International Classification of Diseases manual be approved unamended roughly a year from now.

A proposed definition of “gaming disorder” appeared in the newest version of the International Classification of Diseases – the 11th revision of which is in development and has been for a few years – published this morning.

The 10th revision of the ICD, implemented by many countries in their national health policies, is 26 years old, having been approved in 1992. We first heard word of its inclusion back in January this year.

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