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Do you have a gaming disorder?


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Earlier this week the World Health Organization announced the addition of a gaming disorder to their official list of diseases. How do you know when your hobby becomes unhealthy?

News 18 spoke with a behavioral counselor who says there isn't an official amount of time they use as a marker. Instead, they look at how much it impacts a persons life. For children, counselors look at their grades, social development, relationships and overall involvement outside of the console.

"When we start looking into adulthood, we start looking at: How's your job going, how's your education going, how's your social group, how's your primary relationship? Are you spending more time disconnected from them, are you spending more time choosing to game? Are you impacting your sleep? Are you impacting your health? Are you not taking care of your personal hygiene?" asked Tim Volbrecht, behavioral counselor for L.E. Phillips Libertas Treatment Center in Chippewa Falls.

Volbrecht said the gaming disorder will be categorized as an impulse control disorder, similar to that of a gambling disorder.

If you think you have a game disorder, turn to a local counselor for help.

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