Thursday, June 13, 2013

Caffeine Withdrawal Is A Mental Disorder

Here's another reason why I refuse to give up my other favorite brewed beverage. The American Psychiatric Association has listed caffeine withdrawal as a recognized mental disorder in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). A member of the working group that put together that manual says, 
We feel that there is enough data to support a caffeine-withdrawal syndrome. There are enough people who go into withdrawal — that if they don’t get caffeine, it becomes a real syndrome and can affect work, sleep, or whatever they need to do. So we’re suggesting that it ‘make the big leagues’ and become part of the DSM to make sure everyone is aware of it.
If you enjoy your morning, and afternoon, and evening, coffee. Keep it up. There are enough crazy people in the world already. 

See "Caffeine Withdrawal Is Now a Mental Disorder" for more on the report.

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