Behavioral addictions: Criteria, evidence, and treatment

Abstract

(from the cover) Behavioral addictions was a term recently introduced by the DSM-5. There is ongoing debate over when a behavior represents an addiction and which types of behaviors might fall into this category. Behavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment focuses on addictions that currently have the most research support, including behaviors relating to gambling, the Internet, food, sex, shopping, and exercise. This book reviews research on how particular behavioral addictions are defined and understood, including clinical criteria, epidemiology, common comorbidities, differential diagnoses, and treatment recommendations. Clinical vignettes are used to further illustrate each disorder. Utilizing a biopsychosocial medical model, each chapter explains how biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors influence the development of the given disorder, and how they may inform treatment. Chapters also address the overlapping factors of impulsivity and compulsivity and debate whether an orthogonal model of understanding these traits is more suitable than considering them along a single spectrum.

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