The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that too much gaming is officially a mental health problem. The WHO has put "gaming addiction" a mental health condition its official list diseases. The list is called the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). It says that gaming disorder happens when people cannot stop playing and gaming becomes more important than other interests life. The WHO says this must happen at least a year a doctor to say someone has gaming disorder. Someone with gaming disorder will insist gaming even if they know they have a problem and they have suffered "negative consequences" gaming too much.
The WHO said doctors should be aware that addiction gaming is a clear and present danger to people's health because it has "serious" consequences. A WHO spokesman said: "Most people who play video games don't have a disorder, just like most people who drink alcohol don't have a disorder either. However, certain circumstances, overuse can lead to adverse effects." Some doctors believe that too much gaming should not be considered a mental illness. Psychiatrist Allen Frances compared an addiction to gaming to coffee addiction. He said: "Billions people the world are hooked caffeine fun or better functioning, but only rarely does this cause more trouble than its worth."