Quitting Caffeine Is Now Listed as a Mental-Health Disorder


From The Wall Street Journal:

Caffeine, that most-benign seeming drug of choice that keeps so many of us fueled through the day, is now the basis of two official diagnoses in the mental-health bible released in May, with a third brewing for consideration. The latest version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly referred to as DSM-5, includes both caffeine intoxication and withdrawal. These conditions are considered mental disorders when they impair a person’s ability to function in daily life.

Caffeine intoxication was included as a diagnosis in the previous version of the manual, known as DSM-IV. But caffeine withdrawal was upgraded in the current manual to a diagnosis from a “research diagnosis” previously, meaning it required further study for inclusion. Also, caffeine use disorder—when a person suffers troubling side effects and isn’t able to quit—was added to the current manual as a research diagnosis.

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