What are the boundaries of addiction?

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

A seemingly small and barely noticed organizational change in DSM-5 disguises what is really a giant conceptual leap—one that may eventually cause large and harmful unintended consequences. In DSM IV, the section covering addictions referred only to the compulsive use of substances. In DSM-5, the concept of addictions is greatly expanded to also include behaviors. The broad, new DSM-5 section, called ‘Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders’, includes Gambling Disorder (which was previously nested in the Impulse Disorder section of DSM IV) as its first behavioral addiction. ….[READ]

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