WHO recognizing video game addiction as a mental health disorder


$88 A SHARE. IT IS UP 8% THIS MORNING AT 65.>>>NOW THIS. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WILL RECOGNIZE GAMING ADDICTION AS A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER. WHAT WILL DOC SIEGEL HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT? HE IS WITH US RIGHT NOW. BY THE WAY, A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL, BRITISH GIRL, HER PARENTS SAID SHE WAS ADDICTED TO “FORTNITE.” POPULAR VIDEOGAME. IS THERE SUCH A THING, ADDICTION TO PLAYING?>>I THINK THERE IS. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CALLING THIS OUT WILL ALLOW INSURANCE TO COVER THERE. STUART: THERAPY FOR GAMING ADDICTION. WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT NOW?>>ANOTHER WORD FOR SOCIALIZELATION. I LOVE “FORTNITE,” MAKING $300 MILLION A NIGHT ON “FORTNITE.” APOCALYPTIC GAME WHERE YOU BATTLE EACH OTHER, ONE PERSON SURVIVED. MY 13-YEAR-OLD, I ASKED HIM IF HE PLAYED IT. IT IS NOT WHAT THEY’RE SAYING. PEOPLE BAN TOGETHER AND PLAY TOGETHER. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THAT GAME ANY WAS ANNIHILATED. HOW DID YOU FEEL? DIDN’T BOTHER ME. STARTED PLAYING RIGHT AGAIN. THERE IS VIOLENT ASPECT. STUART: DO YOU THINK HE IS ADDICTED TO PLAYING THAT GAME?>>YES. I THINK HE IS. I THINK OTHERS ARE. I THINK HIS POINT IS RIGHT, YOU CAN AD — ADDICTED. STUART: NO MORE FORTNIGHT. INTERVENING THERAPY.>>NOT MY CHILD. SOMEONE SITTING THERE PLAYING ALL DAY LONG. THIS WILL BE 180 BILLION-DOLLARS WORLDWIDE, COMPANIES MAKING OFF VIDEOS GAMES. THEY CAN BE SOCIAL INTERACTION TOOLS THE WAY MY SON SAYS. THINK CAN BE SOCIALLY ISOLATING. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. STUART: WE’RE OUT OF TIME.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK? STUART: I’M NOT INCLINED TO BELIEVE THERE IS SUCH A THING AS ABSOLUTE ADDICTION. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE PERSON OTHER THAN WATCHING VIDEOGAMES ALONG.>>FAIR POINT, AGREE. THERE MUST BE UNDERLYING MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER THAT WOULD ALLOW THIS TO OCCUR. I AGREE WITH YOU. STUART: THANK YOU.

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