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Caffeine Withdrawal Recommended for Inclusion in DSM-5

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Caffeine Withdrawal Recommended for Inclusion in DSM-5

Post  Admin on Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:10 am

Caffeine Withdrawal Recommended for Inclusion in DSM-5

Caffeine withdrawal syndrome is being recommended for inclusion in the "main" section of the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), report work group members.

DSM-5 work group member Alan J. Budney, PhD, noted that caffeine is everywhere. Not only can it be found in soft drinks, coffee, energy drinks, alcohol, and chocolates; he noted that it can also be found in some women's vitamins and even snacks such as "caffeinated peanuts."

"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."

Proposed criteria include 3 or more of the following symptoms within 24 hours of abrupt cessation or reduction:
- headache
- marked fatigue or drowsiness
- dysphoric or depressed mood, or irritability
- difficulty concentrating; or
- nausea, vomiting, or muscle pain/stiffness.

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