The new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the fifth edition, published in May of 2013, outlines a new definition of addiction. It includes a diagnosis for non-substance addictions, such as gambling, and any other behaviors that an individual or teen has lost power over.
The reason for the change stems from a new definition of addiction. The DSM explains that although drugs and alcohol can have a physical and psychological addiction, it is possible to develop an addiction to other behaviors and activities that become the sole focus of one’s life to the exclusion and detriment of other life-activities. Read more!