Common myths in the behavioral addiction field

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2018. Common myths in the behavioral addiction field. Journal of Concurrent Disorders, 1 (1), pp. 128-141.

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There is no shortage of controversy and debates within the field of behavioral addiction. In this paper, five myths are outlined concerning various behavioral addictions. These are: (i) behavioral addictions can occur concurrently, (ii) addictions such as videogame addiction are associated with other comorbidities and are therefore not separate disorders, (iii) 'addictions' are equivalent to 'disorders' in DSM-5 and ICD-11 nomenclature, (iv) very excessive behaviors are addictions, and (v) socially condoned excessive activities and activities engaged in willfully cannot be classed as behavioral addictions. It is argued that views based on these myths depend upon how behavioral addictions are defined in the first place It is concluded that any behavior which has severe and longstanding clinical impairment and comprising core components of addiction (i.e., salience, conflict, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal, and relapse) should be conceptualized as a behavioral addiction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Concurrent Disorders
Creators: Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Journal of Concurrent Disorders (JCD)
Date: December 2018
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Jul 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2019 15:35

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