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Behavioral Addiction—Quo Vadis?

Mihordin, Ron MD, JD, MSP

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: June 2012 - Volume 200 - Issue 6 - p 489–491
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e318257c503
Original Article

Behavioral addiction is a new class of psychiatric disorders being considered for inclusion in the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). In this article, pathological model railroading disorder is introduced as a vehicle for highlighting and discussing the foreseeable risks and benefits of legitimizing behavioral addiction as a diagnostic class in DSM-5.

Department of Mental Health, Forensic Evaluation Services, Sacramento, CA.

Editor’s note: Proposed DSM-5 criteria sets do not represent the final DSM-5 criteria for the disorders.

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© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.