The latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychological Association has listed a new condition, Caffeine Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), that makes you feel out of sorts if you miss out on your coffee.
The manual lists CWS as a serious condition as people often struggle to overcome their addiction to caffeine with the body becoming used to regular caffeine consumption.
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Jose Lemos, neurobiologist at University of Massachusetts, said that while the inclusion of caffeine addiction into the manual is controversial, it is a real condition that can have a negative effect on a person's ability to function. "When you withdraw caffeine — that's the controversy — then there are going to be more adenosine receptors than normal. Adenosine does a number of things including causing tiredness and allowing more blood to flow through the brain. If there is too much blood flow through the brain, it's like a migraine", he said.
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