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WHO: Too Much Video Gaming? It’s an Illness

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by Mike Tighe

It was only a matter of time before health officials diagnosed video game characters such as Mario and Super Mario as addictive, as the World Health Organization basically will do when it adds “gaming disorder” to its disease list next year.

The decision is cause for celebration in mental-health circles, with La Crosse therapist Jeff Reiland saying, “I’m excited about it — not that I’m looking for more labels. … We’ve been dancing around this for a decade.”

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