Behavioral Addictions,
Edition 1 Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment
Edited by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD and Laura Curtiss Feder, PsyD

Publication Date: 06 Mar 2014
DSM-V broke new ground in May of 2013, designating a new disorder called "behavioral addiction." Clinicians immediately wanted to know: how is a behavioral addiction different from an impulse control disorder? What are the criteria for determining that some behaviors are addictions rather than impulses? What, if anything, does this mean in terms of effective treatment?Behavioral Addictions is the first and most authoritative text ever written on the subject of behavioral addictions. This comprehensive work explains the criteria used to determine addiction, the evidence for identifying assorted behaviors as addictions, and the evidence-based treatment for each.With contributions from preeminent experts covering an exhaustive list of behavioral addictions, this book is unique in its coverage of behavioral addictions, their criteria, and treatment. It is a valuable and timely resource for any clinician treating addictions.

Key Features

  • A guide to understanding the new DSM-V designation of behavioral addiction
  • Defines the criteria for behavior to be considered an addiction designation
  • Discusses the evidence for behaviors meeting addiction criteria
  • Identifies what is now, likely will be, and is not a behavioral addiction per evidence
  • Discusses behaviors formerly considered impulse control disorders
  • Presents evidence-based treatment for each behavioral addiction
About the author
Edited by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD, Cornell University Medical Center, Psychiatry Department,New York, NY, USA and and Laura Curtiss Feder, PsyD, Private Practice, Wellesley, MA, USA
Table of Contents





List of Contributors

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Behavioral Addictions

The History of Behavioral Addictions

Defining and Determining Criteria for a Behavioral Addiction

Theories and Evidence in Support of Behavioral Addictions

Guiding Principles for the Treatment of Behavioral Addictions

Societal and Legal Issues

Chapter 2. Behavioral Addiction: The Nexus of Impulsivity and Compulsivity


Impulsivity and Compulsivity: What’s it All About?

How do Impulsivity and Compulsivity Relate?

From Impulsivity to Compulsivity in Substance Use Disorder

Behavioral Addiction: on the Border between Impulsivity and Compulsivity

Kleptomania Behavior

An ABC Model to Assess and Manage Compulsive-Impulsive Disorders


Chapter 3. Diagnosis and Treatment of Gambling Disorder


Clinical Characteristics

Clinical Assessment

Screening/Diagnostic Instruments

Treatment Options




Chapter 4. Problematic Online Gaming

History and Typology of Online Games

Defining Problematic Online Gaming

Symptomatology and Consequences




Prevention and Treatment

Chapter 5. Internet Addiction Disorder: Overview and Controversies

Introduction: Internet Addiction Disorder and its Treatment

Diagnosis and Clinical Criteria

Assessment of Internet Addiction

Prevalence Rates

Psychiatric Comorbidity

Relationship of Internet Addiction with Drug and Alcohol Use

The Phenomenology of Internet Addiction

Personality and Psychosocial Factors Associated with IAD

Cognitive Factors Associated with Problematic Internet Use

Physical and Mental Health Hazards



Declaration of Interest

Chapter 6. Social Networking Addiction: An Overview of Preliminary Findings

Brief History of Social Networking

Etiology and Theories of Social Networking Addiction

Epidemiology: Empirical Studies of Social Networking Addiction

Prevention and Treatment of Social Networking Addiction


Chapter 7. Food Addiction: Evidence, Evaluation, and Treatment


Criteria and definition


Evidence for food addiction


Prevention: Public Health and Policy Implications


Chapter 8. New Directions in the Pharmacological Treatment of Food Addiction, Overeating, and Obesity


The Drive to Overeat

Food Addiction

Reward Deficiency Syndrome

Food Reward System

Surgical Treatments of Obesity

Pharmacotherapies for Treatment of Obesity and Food Addiction

In the Pipeline

FDA-Approved Medications that do not have FDA Indications for Weight Loss

Treatment Approach Based on the Drug Abuse Model


Chapter 9. Sex Addiction: An Overview

Historical Context


SA-Related Diagnoses in the ICD and DSM

Screening Instruments for SA


Comorbidity in SA-Related Disorders

Addiction Interaction Disorder

The Possible Neuroscience of SA

Treatment of Sex Addiction


Chapter 10. The Tyranny of Love: Love Addiction—An Anthropologist’s View

Romantic Love as a Positive Addiction

Romantic Rejection as a Negative Addiction

Evolution of Romantic Addictions

Infidelity Intensifies Rejection Addiction

Divorce Intensifies Rejection Addiction

Biopsychological Consequences of Rejection

Personality and Love Addictions

Implications for Treatment


Chapter 11. Picking Up the Pieces: Helping Partners and Family Members Survive the Impact of Sex Addiction

Treating Partners of Sex Addicts: Clinical Implications

Staggered Disclosure as a Trauma to the Partner

Treatment for the Partner

Impact of Sex Addiction on Children

Chapter 12. Compulsive Buying Disorder


Diagnostic Criteria of Compulsive Buying Disorder

Epidemiology of Compulsive Buying Disorder



Next Steps and Further Research

Chapter 13. Exercise Addiction

The History of Exercise Addiction

Definition and Diagnosis






Chapter 14. Meditation and Spirituality-Based Approaches for Addiction


Lessons from Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-Step Facilitation

Yoga and Addiction

Mindfulness-Based Meditation

Transcendental Meditation (TM)

Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY)

How does Meditation/SKY Work?


Chapter 15. Behavioral Addiction in American Law: The Future and the Expert’s Role


Behavioral Addiction in the Law of the United States - Legal Issues in Which Behavioral Addiction may be Considered

Pitfalls for the Expert Witness



Book details
ISBN: 9780124077249
Page Count: 416
Retail Price : £58.99
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