Fri May 24, 2013 1:37 pm
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Caffeine Addiction a Mental Disorder?
caffeine-addiction-mental-disorder well it will be a mental disorder if Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has his way.
He is hoping to get caffeine addiction listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DMS) which is published by the American Psychiatric Association. Basically this is the book mental health practitioners use to diagnose people with mental disorders or illnesses. If something isn’t in the the DMS then people can’t be diagnosed.
Dr. Griffiths just completed a comprehensive caffeine-withdrawal study and believes that caffeine should be considered an addictive substance and people who are addicted have a mental disorder similar to people who are addicted to other substances such as heroin or cocaine. He is hoping that the American Psychiatric Association will consider his study and vote to include caffeine addiction and withdrawal in the 2010 edition of the DMS.
OK, so what does this mean for the millions of people dependent on caffeine? Well here are the pros and cons.
* You can use caffeine withdrawal as a legitimate excuse to miss school or work.
* You can get insurance to pay for counseling to help you quit.
* You could get free government funded caffeine patches.
* You could steal energy drinks and use your “caffeine withdrawal mental disorder” as a defense in court.
* If you’re a “Beverage Cooler Slave” you could claim disability and never work another day in your life!
* You will be labeled with a mental disorder and called “Mental” legitimately.
* You could be forced into court ordered caffeine addiction rehab.
* Your boss could use it as an excuse to finally fire you for your frequent coffee/energy drink breaks and hyperactivity.
* You’ll be dumb and poor because you use it too much as an excuse to miss school and work.
Those addicted to caffeine do not really need to check into addiction treatment centers, but they should at least cut back on the espresso because too much caffeine intake does have its drawbacks. What is this world coming too? What do you think about Griffiths’ plan to have caffeine addiction and withdrawal added to the DMS as a mental disorder?
Source: National Geographic, Psychology Today