The Wall Street Journal reports: "Caffeine, that most-benign seeming drug of choice that keeps so many of us fueled through the day, is now the basis of two official diagnoses in the mental-health bible released in May, with a third brewing for consideration. The latest version of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly referred to as DSM-5, includes both caffeine intoxication and withdrawal. These conditions are considered mental disorders when they impair a person's ability to function in daily life."
"The symptoms [of caffeine withdrawal] overlap with a lot of other disorders and medical problems," Laura Juliano, a psychology professor at American University, told The Journal. "We've heard many times people went to the doctor for chronic headaches or because they thought that they had the flu and it turns out it was caffeine withdrawal and they didn't even know it."
The news has us buzzing, as does this other java-related item. Turns out comedian Jerry Seinfeld is offering a second season of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. (Warning: Some of the episodes are NSFW.)
Our favorite is "Larry Eats a Pancake," which features Seinfeld co-creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David.
- Bob Davis