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Behavioral Addictions

Criteria, Evidence, and 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.

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?

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

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

    Chapter 3 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Gambling Disorder

    Chapter 4 - Problematic Online Gaming

    Chapter 5 - Internet Addiction Disorder: Overview and Controversies

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

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

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

    Chapter 9 - Sex Addiction: An Overview

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

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

    Chapter 12 - Compulsive Buying Disorder

    Chapter 13 - Exercise Addiction

    Chapter 14 - Meditation and Spirituality-Based Approaches for Addiction

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


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