Lesson of the Day: Mindlessly eating is one thing. Mindlessly eating dark chocolate covered espresso beans is another.
Which brings us to: Verbosity in Vain. This week’s lesson: Caffeine Intoxication, per the DSM 5 proposed revision.
A. Recent consumption of caffeine, usually in excess of 250 mg (e.g., more than 2–3 cups of brewed coffee).
B. Five (or more) of the following signs, developing during, or shortly after, caffeine use:
5. flushed face
7. gastrointestinal disturbance
8. muscle twitching
9. rambling flow of thought and speech
10. tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia
11. periods of inexhaustibility
12. psychomotor agitation
C. The symptoms in Criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
D. The symptoms are not associated with another medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., an Anxiety Disorder).
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