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Behavioral Addictions

Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment

"Behavioral Addictions is a timely landmark achievement and a must read for anyone interested in addictive and compulsive behavior and its treatment. Rosenberg and Feder have brought us leading addiction experts, who clearly present the growing evidence for including behavioral addictions in the DSM-5 and how best to treat them. While gambling is the first to be included in the DSM-5 chapter on substance related disorders, other behavioral addictions are likely to follow as evidence grows. This is the most important new textbook in addiction psychiatry in recent years." - Richard Frances MD, Founding President, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry


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.


Clinical psychologists in research and practice, psychiatrists, medical doctors, nursing and medical students, and clinicians of all types including social workers.

Hardbound, 416 Pages

Published: March 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-407724-9


  • Foreword



    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 - An Introduction to Behavioral Addictions

    Kenneth Paul Rosenberg and Laura Curtiss Feder


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

    Natalie L. Cuzen and Dan J. Stein


    Chapter 3 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Gambling Disorder

    Jon E. Grant and Brian L. Odlaug


    Chapter 4 - Problematic Online Gaming

    Orsolya Kiraly, Katalin Nagygyorgy, Mark D. Griffiths, and Zsolt Demetrovics


    Chapter 5 - Internet Addiction Disorder: Overview and Controversies

    Aviv Weinstein, Laura Curtiss Feder, Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, and Pinhas Dannon


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

    Mark D. Griffiths, Daria J. Kuss, and Zsolt Demetrovics


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

    Yvonne H. C. Yau, Carrie D. Gottlieb, Lindsay C. Krasna, and Marc N. Potenza


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

    Amelia A. Davis, Paula J. Edge, and Mark S. Gold


    Chapter 9 - Sex Addiction: An Overview

    Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, Suzanne O'Connor, and Patrick Carnes


    Chapter 10 - The Tyranny of Love: Love Addiction - An Anthropologist's View

    Helen E. Fisher


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

    Stefanie Carnes and Mari A. Lee


    Chapter 12 - Compulsive Buying Disorder

    Emma Racine, Tara Kahn, and Eric Hollander


    Chapter 13 - Exercise Addiction

    Krisztina Berczik, Mark D. Griffiths, Attila Szabo, Tamas Kurimay, Robert Urban, and Zsolt Demetrovics


    Chapter 14 - Meditation and Spirituality-Based Approaches for Addiction

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, Anju Dhawan, and Achar Vedamurthachar


    Chapter 15 - Behavioral Addiction in American Law: The Future and the Expert's Role

    Daniel H. Willick


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