Skip to comments.Caffeine withdrawal is now a mental disorder
Posted on 06/04/2013 6:39:19 PM PDT by grundle
Ask anyone coming down from the high of one too many cups of coffee, and they'll tell you that the headaches from caffeine withdrawal can drive you crazy. So much so, that the latest version of psychiatrys bible, DSM-5, is naming caffeine withdrawal as an actual mental disorder.
Matt Peckham of Times.com shares some of the symptoms a person who's drunk on coffee would typically experience:
If youve had more than 250 mg of caffeine (two to three cups of brewed coffee) and experienced five or more of the following symptoms, says the guide, youve probably been caffeine-buzzed: restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis (having to pee a lot), gastrointestinal disturbance, muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia, periods of inexhaustibility or psychomotor agitation (unintentional motion, say, rapidly bouncing one leg).
But it's when you come off the coffee bean high that you start to show the worst side effects.
So what exactly qualifies caffeine withdrawal as a mental disorder? Its more than just the splitting headaches and irritability caffeine withdrawal becomes a mental illness when it gets to the point that it actually interferes with your daily life.
In December 2011 when caffeine withdrawal was announced as being recommended for inclusion in the DSM-5, work-group member Alan J. Budney attempted to address the controversy:
We feel that there is enough data to support a caffeine-withdrawal syndrome. There are enough people who go into withdrawal that if they dont get caffeine, it becomes a real syndrome and can affect work, sleep, or whatever they need to do. So were suggesting that it make the big leagues and become part of the DSM to make sure everyone is aware of it.
With that said, in defense of that crazy person behind you in line at Starbucks, its not their fault blame the caffeine!
I’ve got a cousin who now claims his trouble with math are due to mental illness.
Obama’s mental health speech was nothing but another dog whistle.
And I am sure they can cure it for only $75 bucks an hour talking about your sex life.
Watch some able-bodied twenty-somethings put in for SSDI based on this.
Alrighty, then, I guess I, too, can jump on the SSDI bandwagon with the rest of the parasites with hangnails, and miscellaneous insundry maladies!
That proves that too many psychs. are crazy.
I suspect Obama has something bigger and better in mind.
Probably something that involves giving billions of dollars to millions suffering from these new mental illnesses, I’m sure there will have to be a registry of some sort, special rights, etc.
It does seem to make the rest of the world a little more nuts though.
As long as I can remember, my parents always had a pot of coffee on. When the “Mr. Coffee” type coffee makers came on the market they switched to it.
They absolutely had to have their coffee tho of course it was not a mental disorder. They could have quit if they had no other choice.
Yeehaaa. I went cold turkey a couple weeks ago on my 5-6 cupa day habit and felt like garbage for a few days. I got a disorder so now I can skip work and stuff.
It’s their fault anyway, they were the ones with free coffee. Maybe I’ll sue them.
My ultra liberal cousin has decided that he has dyscalculia because he sucks at math.
Bf’nD, I suck at math too and I can figure out that there isn’t enough money in the world to create utopia.
Great post. I agree 100%.
I’ve still got a big ole urn type percolator.
I’m gonna go hide my wife’s coffee pot then sign her up for SSDI.
So being gay is not now a mental disorder but coming down from caffeine is?
Caffene patches, now THERE’s an idea!
Used to be you could buy these really strong caffene
mints at the Linux stores, I would get them to take
Oh please. It’s a few days worth of headache. Just like carbs, get over the hump.
What a pussified nation we have become.
And a threat to people who own guns or may want to own a gun.
But...will it be one that California takes away your guns because you now have a mental disorder?
Ever hear of shift work disorder? A commercial is running on one of my local radio stations for a drug to treat it.
I was laying on the prep bed prior to a minor operation and I was instructed the day before to not ingest anything prior to the procedure. I was laying on the bed, my eyes squinting and my head pounding and I was in obvious discomfort and the nurse asks what the problem is.. in what seemed to be five minutes, they had me hooked up to a caffeine IV..
The headache would have gone away as soon as the anesthesiologist juiced me up but it was nice to know they had the stuff. Would that type of withdrawal get me disability?
Tea Contains Caffeine....
They are going after the Tea Party, LITERALLY!!!!!
Because if you are suffering Caffeine withdrawal they can now take your guns....
But homosexuality is no longer a mental disorder because men having sex with men activists intimidated the cowardly psychiatrists to drop it from the DSM. Also, pedophilia is only a disorder if one feels guilt about the actions according to the latest DSM. :-|
They can’t. Inclusion in the DSM does not make something a “mental disorder.” Caffeine withdrawal is a physiological condition but it does not mean someone is now mentally ill.
Most of that list is what passes for normal for anyone competent enough to plug in and load their own coffee pot.
LOL!! I can’t stop laughing. You crack me up when I need it the most!
um... caffine withdrwaw is now a mental disorder.. but being attracted to someone of the same sex is perfectly normal?
Why does any one take ANY THING the APA says seriously.
New gun laws prevent gun ownership by people with “mental disorders”....... Looks like they just gave some nice legal cover for disqualifying millions from owning guns because they “are or have” in the past been treated by a psychologist for a mental disorder.....”Coffee now considered a Mental Disorder”
Exactly....The mental disorder lies in those who are trying to analyse the effects and then stamp it as ‘such and such’.
But it will work for those who say you can’t have a gun if you’ve been treated for a mental disorder.
That’s right....In reality you suffer physical symptoms for a short amount of time.,,,,Those symptoms dissipate and disappear.... therefore, it’s not a mental disorder.
so now anyone who drinks 5-6 cups of coffee a day cannot own a weapon because he has a mental comndition.
News laws against secondhand drip. Protect the cheeldren.
Gets to the point that the cures are worse than the disorders they are chasing after. (Reminiscent of the folk song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, then all manner of critters from a spider to a horse in an attempt to deal with her problems.)
BS- addictions are LACK OF SELF CONTROL... PERIOD- they have NOTHING to do with mental problems- Millions upon millions of Prior addicts can attest to htsi very FACT-
Here we go, government to disarm anyone carrying at Starbucks
It’s probably more real, though, than some of the other airy fairy things in it based on twisted mores.
Many of the symptoms listed are physiological disorders, but are now mental disorders? Has Werner Erhard wormed his way into steering the DSM?
I worked in a large hospital for 20+ years.After having been there for a year or so I got a promotion that involved working nights (11PM-7AM).After a couple of months I found that I couldn't sleep to save my life and after six months I was *profoundly* depressed.I was then able to switch to the day shift and within a couple of weeks I felt much better in every way and after a couple of months I felt 100%...as if it never happened.Having a screwed up sleep schedule,particularly over a good period of time,can be really ugly.
I’m proud to say I’ll never suffer caffeine withdrawal.
I’m never gonna stop drinking coffee.
Why is this article only mentioning coffee?
Is caffeine withdrawal from drinking coffee not the same as it is from drinking soda and mountain dew?
There is only one way to drink soda: Straight out of the can with maybe a lemon twist. Coffee is served in various ways and strengths with or without sugar and cream. There’s also decaf. All that is lacking is diet coffee.
Next they’ll be attacking chocolate.
Drink coffee... lose your right to own firearms.
People are going by what they read in the article. Verbatim, it says the shrinks have decided, “caffeine withdrawal is an actual mental disorder.
I resolve things like this by disbelieving a great deal of what I read and most of what I hear.
If you claim to have this ‘mental illness’ they could put you on a list that would ban you from buying guns.
Mentally ill people shouldn’t have guns, right?
I've drank at least 6 to 8 cups of coffee a day over the last 40 years and have also quit drinking coffee during that period at least a dozen times. Once for as long as 6 months, then started again.
I had NO withdrawal effects, headaches, or any other symptoms.
WHO comes up with this $hit???