Journal of Human Services
The release of the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has sparked continuous debate about the structure, organization, and inclusion or exclusion of mental disorders. The term addiction made its first appearance in the manual with the category of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, after much anticipation from mental health professionals. With the emergence of behavioral (process) addictions in the diagnostic manual such as gambling disorder, it is likely that other mental disorders with similar features will follow suit. Speculation about other behaviors that could potentially be addictive includes Internet use, sex, shopping, exercise, and compulsive eating, among others. The goal of the current review is twofold: to explain the concept of behavioral addictions, including a focus on gambling and Internet gaming disorders, and to discuss how the emergence of process addictions may influence the work of human services practitioners. Clinical implications within the human services profession are also discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Polychronopoulos, G. B., Carlisle, K. L., Carlisle, R. M., & Kirk-Jenkins, A. J. (2014). The emergence of behavioral addiction in DSM-5. Journal of Human Services, 34(1), 158-162.
Polychronopoulos, Gina B.; Carlisle, Kristy L.; Carlisle, Robert M.; and Kirk-Jenkins, Andrea J., "The Emergence of Behavioral Addiction in DSM-5" (2014). Educational Foundations & Leadership Faculty Publications. 20.