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Behavioral Addictions Debut in Proposed DSM-V

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Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 935
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.935

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In psychiatry, the only disorders that have been considered addictions are those involving alcohol or other drugs. Now, proposed revisions for the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders include for the first time "behavioral addictions"—a change some say is long overdue and others say is still premature. So far, only one behavior has made the cut: gambling, which under the new proposal would join substance-use disorders as a full-fledged addiction.