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Caffeine withdrawal is now a mental disorder
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 4, 2013 | Kelly O'Shea

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 psychiatry’s 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 you’ve 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, you’ve 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? It’s 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 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.”

With that said, in defense of that crazy person behind you in line at Starbucks, it’s not their fault — blame the caffeine!


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This is an insult to people who have real mental disorders. No one chooses to have schizophrenia. Caffeine consumption is a choice.
1 posted on 06/04/2013 6:39:19 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

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.


2 posted on 06/04/2013 6:42:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: grundle

And I am sure they can cure it for only $75 bucks an hour talking about your sex life.

Freaking idiots.


3 posted on 06/04/2013 6:43:02 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: grundle

Watch some able-bodied twenty-somethings put in for SSDI based on this.


4 posted on 06/04/2013 6:44:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: grundle

Alrighty, then, I guess I, too, can jump on the SSDI bandwagon with the rest of the parasites with hangnails, and miscellaneous insundry maladies!


5 posted on 06/04/2013 6:44:47 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: grundle

That proves that too many psychs. are crazy.


6 posted on 06/04/2013 6:44:51 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: American in Israel

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.


7 posted on 06/04/2013 6:46:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: grundle
Lack o coffee does not make me crazy.

It does seem to make the rest of the world a little more nuts though.

8 posted on 06/04/2013 6:47:09 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Join AAAA : Americans Against Acronym Abuse)
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To: grundle

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.


9 posted on 06/04/2013 6:47:19 PM PDT by yarddog (uit.)
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To: grundle

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.


10 posted on 06/04/2013 6:48:59 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


11 posted on 06/04/2013 6:49:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: grundle

Great post. I agree 100%.


12 posted on 06/04/2013 6:49:58 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: yarddog

I’ve still got a big ole urn type percolator.


13 posted on 06/04/2013 6:50:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: grundle

I’m gonna go hide my wife’s coffee pot then sign her up for SSDI.


14 posted on 06/04/2013 6:53:20 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: grundle

So being gay is not now a mental disorder but coming down from caffeine is?


15 posted on 06/04/2013 6:54:04 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Eight years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: cyclotic

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
deer hunting.


16 posted on 06/04/2013 6:57:25 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: grundle

Oh please. It’s a few days worth of headache. Just like carbs, get over the hump.

What a pussified nation we have become.


17 posted on 06/04/2013 6:59:19 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: grundle
This is an insult to people who have real mental disorders

And a threat to people who own guns or may want to own a gun.

18 posted on 06/04/2013 7:01:09 PM PDT by fso301
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To: grundle

But...will it be one that California takes away your guns because you now have a mental disorder?


19 posted on 06/04/2013 7:04:07 PM PDT by porter_knorr
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To: grundle

Ever hear of shift work disorder? A commercial is running on one of my local radio stations for a drug to treat it.


20 posted on 06/04/2013 7:05:13 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: All

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?


21 posted on 06/04/2013 7:11:58 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: grundle
So if you quit taking coffee, they can take away your guns.

Got it...

22 posted on 06/04/2013 7:25:51 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: grundle

Tea Contains Caffeine....

They are going after the Tea Party, LITERALLY!!!!!

Because if you are suffering Caffeine withdrawal they can now take your guns....


23 posted on 06/04/2013 7:27:09 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: grundle

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. :-|


24 posted on 06/04/2013 7:31:34 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


25 posted on 06/04/2013 7:31:37 PM PDT by Jake8898
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To: grundle
...five or more of the following symptoms, says the guide, you’ve 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).

Symptoms?

Most of that list is what passes for normal for anyone competent enough to plug in and load their own coffee pot.

26 posted on 06/04/2013 7:31:45 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL!! I can’t stop laughing. You crack me up when I need it the most!


27 posted on 06/04/2013 7:32:49 PM PDT by marygam (I have extra ducktape for anyone who needs to wrap their head.)
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To: grundle

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.


28 posted on 06/04/2013 7:35:50 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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”


29 posted on 06/04/2013 7:38:52 PM PDT by caww
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To: familyop

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.


30 posted on 06/04/2013 7:40:25 PM PDT by caww
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To: Jake8898

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.


31 posted on 06/04/2013 7:43:08 PM PDT by caww
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To: grundle

so now anyone who drinks 5-6 cups of coffee a day cannot own a weapon because he has a mental comndition.


32 posted on 06/04/2013 7:47:33 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: GraceG

News laws against secondhand drip. Protect the cheeldren.


33 posted on 06/04/2013 7:47:47 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Retired Chemist

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.)


34 posted on 06/04/2013 7:49:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: grundle

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-


35 posted on 06/04/2013 7:50:18 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: grundle
The real mental disorder is if you believe all that crap.

36 posted on 06/04/2013 7:53:16 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: grundle

Here we go, government to disarm anyone carrying at Starbucks


37 posted on 06/04/2013 7:53:45 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: BitWielder1

It’s probably more real, though, than some of the other airy fairy things in it based on twisted mores.


38 posted on 06/04/2013 7:55:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: cripplecreek

Heh!


39 posted on 06/04/2013 7:58:45 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: grundle

Many of the symptoms listed are physiological disorders, but are now mental disorders? Has Werner Erhard wormed his way into steering the DSM?


40 posted on 06/04/2013 7:58:56 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: grundle
Caffine withdrawal is a mental disorder but f**king a fella up the a** is just “another kind of love”.
41 posted on 06/04/2013 8:05:22 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Retired Chemist
Ever hear of shift work disorder? A commercial is running on one of my local radio stations for a drug to treat it.

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.

42 posted on 06/04/2013 8:12:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: bravo whiskey
The nurse will see you now...
43 posted on 06/04/2013 8:13:55 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: grundle

I’m proud to say I’ll never suffer caffeine withdrawal.

I’m never gonna stop drinking coffee.


44 posted on 06/04/2013 8:18:04 PM PDT by moovova
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To: Jake8898
May as well save your keystrokes. The ignorati are in full hue and cry. They will not be assuaged by mere appeals to reality.
45 posted on 06/04/2013 8:29:46 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: grundle

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.


46 posted on 06/04/2013 8:30:02 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: cripplecreek

Drink coffee... lose your right to own firearms.


47 posted on 06/04/2013 8:40:53 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Jake8898

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.


48 posted on 06/04/2013 9:58:26 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: cripplecreek

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?


49 posted on 06/04/2013 10:46:27 PM PDT by Chainsawj
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To: grundle
Geez! The "Silly $hit" machine just keeps on pouring out more $hit.

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???

50 posted on 06/04/2013 11:23:21 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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