Video game addiction is officially a mental health disorder


It’s what parents of “Fortnite” fanatics have been saying all along.

The World Health Organization officially added video-game addiction — characterized by “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior” that “takes precedence over other life interests” — to its International Classification of Diseases database over the weekend.

The WHO says most casual gamers are probably safe — but it’s the hard-core controller jockeys skipping sleep, meals, work, school and other everyday activities who need to check into digital rehab.

Video games trigger the same deep-seated pleasure-reward center of our brains that controls hunger, thirst and sexual desire — which makes them prime material to get hooked on, according to Rutgers University psychiatry professor and chair Dr. Petros Levounis.

“When these same pathways get overexcited and end up getting hijacked by a drug or behavioral addiction, they get out of control and cause people to lose sight of what’s sane and what’s not,” he told The Post Tuesday.

And some heavy gamers forgo more than meals and hygiene for more screen time.

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