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Videogame addiction is now an official disorder—but will health insurers pay for it?

An addiction to videogames can cost some people their livelihoods. Breaking that addiction is costly, too.

But that could change now that the World Health Organization (WHO) this week added “gaming disorder” to its International Classification of Diseases.

The disorder goes far beyond just a desire to play videogames for hours on end. “For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months,” WHO said.

As of now, insurance doesn’t typically cover treatment, and can leave families in tight financial straits when paying for it.

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