Caffeine withdrawal is now a mental health disorder | Hot Topics | an SFGate.com blogCoffee is probably the most socially accepted drug in the Western world. Yes, it does intoxicate.
The bitter brew that kickstarts so many early mornings and fuels so many drawn-out workdays causes withdrawal and cravings. Some of them debilitating. It?s safe to say that if you can?t last a day without juicing up on java (or Diet Coke or some other caffeine-infused stimulant), you may be an addict.
That?s why the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association?s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists caffeine withdrawal and intoxication as mental health disorders that hurt someone?s ability to function.
Critics say the manual makers shouldn?t medicalize every little issue, stick a label on every anomaly to the point where we?re all labeled in some way (which doesn?t sound like a bad idea in the name of understanding how we tick). After all, doesn?t caffeine have some health benefits?
Perhaps. Not unlike a glass of wine. But, let?s be honest, who stops at the recommended daily allowance?
Those in support of the caffeine addiction classification say the signs are too evident to ignore. People tell their doctors of withdrawal headaches, irritability and fatigue often enough that it?s ?clinically significant? and, in some cases, debilitating. A legit diagnosis might go a long way in helping doctors advise patients with other disorders (like anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and diabetes) to steer clear of the substance.
Your thoughts? I have to say, I actually laughed out loud at this screen shot that accompanied the article:
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
hmmm I don't know about this. I admit to be addicted to coffee. I love it. I have withdrawals. It takes me one day to get through the headaches and I did it while pregnant. I enjoy it though so I continue to drink it. I don't consider it the same withdrawal as drug detox.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
I think this is a great example of why like some ridiculous number of children (was it like 40% or something?) of children are diagnosed with mental disorders in the USA vs. I think it was .05% (I think, I read this a while ago) in France.
Ridiculous. Let me guess, the next step is prescribing costly medication? Yawn.
I hope I don't get an intervention since I am in denial at how easy it would be for me to stop drinking coffee.
I completely agree with what you said Melissa. Medications are coming I'm sure.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
So THAT'S what's wrong with me! I should have known.
I laughed when I read that... caffeine withdrawal can be not fun to go through but a mental health disorder? I don't think so, but I am not a psychiatrist so what do I know.
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Bailey (April 2, 2011)
"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
So ridiculous and I fully agree...medication will follow.
This is a side note but did anyone see on Anderson Cooper's the Ridiculist last week that mom from Toddlers and Tiaras that has been giving her daughter coffee since she was 9 months old? She drinks it every day (out of a sippy cup of course) and no, it's not decaf. My husband was absolutely floored by the story....I didn't find it too surprising given what show it was from.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
All it does is damage American Psychiatric Association's credibility. So we are supposed to take everything else they say seriously when they come out with something like this?
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
Soon "Not Feeling Fantastic" is going to be a mental disorder.