Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral Addictions

Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment

1st Edition - February 17, 2014

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  • Editors: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, Laura Curtiss Feder
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124078581
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124077249

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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


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

Table of Contents

  • Dedication




    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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 416
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: February 17, 2014
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124078581
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124077249

About the Editors

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg
Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the Cornell University Medical Center - New York Presbyterian Hospital and a psychiatrist in private practice. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship at Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Rosenberg is a contributing editor of the Journal of Sex Therapy, the author of scientific and lay articles, listed among the Best Doctors® in America and New York Magazine’s Best Doctors, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the recipient of medical and public service awards from the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Since medical school, Dr. Rosenberg has produced and directed films that have been aired on HBO and PBS affiliates and have been recognized by the Academy for Television Arts and Sciences, the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Museum of Natural History and numerous film festivals. He is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award. His films include An Alzheimer’s Story (coproducer/director, PBS affiliates 1985), Through Madness: The Subjective Experience of Psychosis (producer/director, PBS Affiliates, 1991) Why Am I Gay?: Stories of Coming Out in America, (producer/director, HBO, 1993) Back From Madness (producer/director, HBO.1996), Drinking Apart: Families Living Under the Influence, (producer/director/cinematographer, HBO, 2000) and Cancer (executive producer, HBO,2000) and in producing a current HBO-commissioned project on mental illness in America.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cornell University Medical Center, Psychiatry Department,New York, NY, USA and

Laura Curtiss Feder

Laura Curtiss Feder
Laura Curtiss Feder, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist at Upper East Health. Her psychotherapy practice is geared toward working with adolescents and adults, particularly those who struggle with behavioral addictions and compulsions. Dr. Feder received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University and then went on for her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her doctoral training included working at several New York City hospitals, including Bellevue, Beth Israel and St. Luke’s Roosevelt as well as multiple local university counseling centers.

Dr. Feder completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the William Alanson White Institute where she also continues to receive specialized training in working with eating disorders, compulsions and addictions. She has written and presented at professional conferences on the topics of substance abuse, psychological symptoms related to dermatological conditions, camp-based leadership programs and psychotherapy with artists.

Affiliations and Expertise

Private Practice, Wellesley, MA, USA

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  • Marwa K. Fri Nov 12 2021

    Behavioral addictions

    A good book with excellent scientific content.

  • DarenBritt Mon Jun 17 2019

    Behavioural Addictions

    A detailed and interesting engagement with a contentious and challenging subject. Ostensibly informed from a medical perspective the book would benefit from a critical exploration of addiction as a construction and a phenomena of late (neo-liberal) capitalism. This is an important text for those immersed within the medical orthodoxy and for those who wish to use it as a springboard to criticise such orthodoxy.

  • Kirsten D. Fri Mar 16 2018

    Behavioral Addictions

    This book was an insightful read.