Monday, July 30, 2012

Doctors Disagree On How To Define Addiction

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) July 23, 2012

"Treating addiction is comparatively new in the annals of medical history; even how addiction should be defined is still evolving.
Significant proposed changes in the definition of addiction planned in the upcoming new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders have met with sharp differences of opinion among doctors.
The current edition of the DSM, published in 1994, divides substance use disorders into two categories: dependence and abuse. A patient is diagnosed with dependence if he or she meets three of seven criteria. If the patient falls short of the dependence diagnosis, doctors check to see if he or she meets one of an additional four criteria for abuse, generally considered the milder of the two diagnoses." Read More

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