Behavioral Addictions: DSM-5 and Beyond

ISBN : 9780199391547

Nancy M. Petry
256 Pages
166 x 234 mm
Pub date
Oct 2015
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This book explains the rationale for changes in the DSM-5(R) related to incorporating behavioral addictions alongside substance use disorders; it also illuminates the significance of including the construct of behavioral addictions in this widely used psychiatric diagnostic manual. The chapters herien describe eight behaviors often considered addictions, including gambling disorder, internet gaming disorder, internet addiction, food addiction, hypersexuality, shopping addiction, exercise addiction, and tanning addiction. Also examined are prevalence rates in epidemiological samples, risk factors, and promising treatment approaches. The result is an easy-to-use resource and guide for clinicians, students, and researchers.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Behavioral Addictions
Chapter 2: Gambling Disorder: The First Officially Recognized Behavioral Addiction
Chapter 3: Internet Gaming Disorder: A New Behavioral Addiction
Chapter 4: Internet Addiction: A Future Addictive Disorder?
Chapter 5: Hypersexual Disorder
Chapter 6: Compulsive Shopping as a Behavioral Addiction
Chapter 7: Exercise Addiction: Diagnosis, Psycho-biological Mechanisms and Treatment
Chapter 8: Food Addiction
Chapter 9: Addicted to UV: Evidence for Tanning Addiction
Chapter 10: Conclusions and Future Directions to Advance the Science and Clinical Care of Behavioral Addictions

About the author: 

Nancy M. Petry earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University in 1994, and she joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut Health Center in 1996, where she is presently Professor of Medicine. Dr. Petry conducts research on treatment of addictive disorders, ranging from substance use to gambling disorders, and her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Petry is a consultant and advisor for the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration, she served on the DSM-5RG committee for the American Psychiatric Association, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Her first book, Pathological Gambling: Etiology, Comorbidity, and Treatment, received the Choice Magazine Award for Top Academic title in 2005.

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