A Coffee Withdrawal Diagnosis (The Wall Street Journal)


Get headaches when you forgo your joe? There are reasons for this, and now there’s also a diagnosis in the latest version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The latest tome, commonly known as DSM-5, lists both caffeine intoxication and caffeine withdrawal as official diagnoses.

The Geisel School of Medicine’s Alan Budney tells the Journal that there is substantial research supporting caffeine withdrawal as a diagnosis. However, says Budney, a professor of psychiatry at Geisel, the diagnosis requires that the symptoms must cause “clinically significant distress or impairment” that affects how one does one’s job or goes about daily living.

Read the full story, published 6/10/13 by The Wall Street Journal.

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