Gaming disorder is now considered a mental health condition.
How to diagnose gaming disorder
The first one is when gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities.
The second characteristic is “impaired control of these behaviors,” in which the gaming continues even after negative consequences.
The third feature is when the behavior impacts in other areas of someone’s life, which can include “disturbed sleep patterns, like diet problems, like a deficiency in the physical activity.”
These characteristics are similar to substance abuse and gambling disorder, according to Poznyak, and the pattern of behavior should last at least one year of a diagnosis to be possible.