Caffeine Use Disorder has been added to the DSM-5, which is the book used to diagnose mental health disorders. Caffeine use disorder has some very definite guidelines so one would need to meet the criteria for such a diagnosis, but many will be surprised to find that they very well might already fall into that catagory.
According to 14U News on Feb. 1, the drug caffeine is actually as potent as other narcotic drugs out there, but it is a socially acceptable drug, unlike many others. With all the products on the market today that are chuck full with caffeine, this addition of Caffeine Use Disorder into the DSM-5 couldn't have happened at a better time.
Caffeine is very addictive. Just try and give up coffee if you’re a heavy coffee drinker and you will see just how addictive it really is. Irritability, fatigue and headaches are a few of the symptoms you may experience.
Over half the folks who consume caffeine in large daily quantities cannot give it up, they’re addicted to the drug. Consuming too much caffeine can produce side effects like the jitters. Too much intake of caffeine can be dangerous to your health and with the new products that offer super-duper dosages of caffeine, blood pressure and heart concerns come into play.
The good news for the lightweight coffee drinkers out there is that three cups of coffee a day are considered the norm. So if this is about what you sip as your daily intake of coffee, or if you’re drinking less than three cups a day, then you’re doing OK.
Will Caffeine Use Disorder eventually get abbreviated with just the letters as a shortcut to its name like PTSD and ADHD? Will Caffeine Use Disorder be known as CUD? Maybe, but isn't that something that a cow chews?