He stressed that only a small minority of people who play digital and video games would develop a problem, but said recognition of early warning signs may help prevent it.
The disorder can consist of an impaired control over the frequency, intensity and duration of gaming, increasing priority given to gaming to the point that it takes precedence over other daily activities and commitments, and a continuation or escalation of gaming despite it's negative consequences on other parts of life.
Mental health experts have long spoken out against the harmful effects of prolonged gaming, but this is the first time that it is being officially recognised as a mental health disorder by the worldwide body.
'We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart, ' said Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokesman for behavioural addictions at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
It is believed that between 1% and 6% of young people are addicted to video games.
On Monday, June 18th, the World Health Organization officially added "Gaming Disorder" to their 11th "Classification of Diseases" listing, and ignited a vast debate among community members in regards to its severity.
"My nephew gets stuck on it, and he does it all night long", one person said about their relative's video game habits.
Honestly, "gaming disorder" sounds like a phrase tossed around by irritated parents and significant others.
Treatment for gaming disorder is generally based in cognitive behavioral therapy, which would generally be done in two phases, Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
WHO officials added the hope that adding this condition to a sexual health chapter of the ICD codes would "help increase access to care for health interventions" and "destigmatize the condition". The draft draws similarities to gambling addictions.
ICD-11 will be presented to the World Health Assembly to be voted upon in May 2019, and will go into effect in January 2022.
World Health Organization said the ICD team received more than 10,000 proposed revisions for the newest edition of the document.
This latest version - known as ICD-11 - is completely electronic for the first time, to try to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world.