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Behavioural addictions: A challenge for psychopathology and psychiatric nosology.

Starcevic, Vladan.
Aust N Z J Psychiatry ; 50(8): 721-5, 2016 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27357713
Disorders characterised by repetitive and problematic behaviours and poor impulse control have been increasingly conceptualised as behavioural addictions. This article examines the concept of behavioural addiction and argues that the addiction framework is only one approach to these behavioural disturbances. It cautions against a tendency to regard many activities that are performed with an extraordinary intensity or frequency and that have some negative consequences as behavioural addiction. There is a need for more research to better understand the links between repetitive and problematic behaviours and other psychopathology, as well as the function of these behaviours and factors that maintain them.