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Quitting Caffeine Is Now Listed as a Mental-Health Disorder

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324904004578537263312778902.html?mod=WSJ__MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird

Here are the 2 important bits, but there's more at the link:

"To be diagnosed with caffeine withdrawal, a patient must experience at least three of five symptoms within 24 hours of stopping or reducing caffeine intake: headache, fatigue or drowsiness, depressed mood or irritability, difficulty concentrating, and flulike symptoms such as nausea or muscle pain."

"The symptoms, Dr. Budney stressed, must cause "clinically significant distress or impairment" that affects your functioning at work, home or in a social setting."

Doesn't this now mean anyone giving up coffee could potentially be eligible for disability?  I have yet to meet anyone who worked full time and gave up caffiene without having at least one incident that would fall under "significant distress".  If they were lucky, there wasn't a client or supervisor involved.

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 5:55 PM on Jun. 11, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • all the more reason not to quit drinking my cola :P
    LostSoul88

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 5:56 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • No kidding, I have at least 4 of those and get stabby if I don't have time for coffee before I leave the house on my long days.
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 5:58 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • Why do we need to be diagnosed with caffeine withdrawal? If I'm giving up coffee or soda, I know I'm giving up caffeine so I would expect the withdrawal symptoms. I don't need a doctor to tell me that.

    But then again, I do still have some common sense. I guess we have to allow for those people who need the warning label on the hair dryer not to use it in the bathtub.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 5:58 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • Why do we need to be diagnosed with caffeine withdrawal?

    So you qualify for short-term disability and can take the day off work without getting fired. No more need to drop heavy things on your feet when you want a day off, just skip the morning coffee.
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 6:02 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • Well then my husband is mentally ill.
    I could strangle him and his diet coke.
    PartyGalAnne

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 6:03 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • Last time I trade to quit drinking cola I was so sick and miserable.
    LostSoul88

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 6:04 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • I always knew I was f***ed up in the head, now it's official! I have caffeine withdrawal every night, and nobody better get between ne and the coffeepot in the morning.

    Seriously, though, you couldn't get disability for caffeine withdrawal because the application process lasts a whole lot longer than the missed coffee headaches.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 6:05 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • , you couldn't get disability for caffeine withdrawal because the application process lasts a whole lot longer than the missed coffee headaches.

    Not monthly checks, but short-term through employers. Most have it in conjunction with workman's comp. Whether the injury or illness is work-related or not, they cover X amount of weeks at partial pay.
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 6:07 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • Good lord. I suppose if it is listed as a disorder then there would be cause to ask for disability. Equally, if congress ever succeeds in passing gun control measures that include language that bars those diagnosed with mental illness from buying guns then they would have reason not to sell one to someone that has been diagnosed and received benefits for their temporary discomfort. Equally, it would give authorities cause to remove legally owned fire arms from law abiding citizens that maybe just wanted meds for a migraine (assuming they would be Dx with mental illness to obtain an Rx). I honestly don't see any good from this.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 6:09 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

  • In order to qualify for disability, your symptoms need to last way longer than a few days.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 6:26 PM on Jun. 11, 2013

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