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Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these nicotine withdrawal symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the  nicotine withdrawal symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing consideration. This information on nicotine withdrawal symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.


Nicotine Withdrawal Diagnostic criteria:

Diagnostic criteria for 292.0 Nicotine Withdrawal

A.    Daily use of nicotine for at least several weeks.


B.    Abrupt cessation of nicotine use, or deduction in the amount of nicotine used, followed within 24 hours by four (or more) of the following signs:


(1)   dysphoric or depressed mood

(2)   insomnia

(3)   irritability, frustration, or anger

(4)   anxiety

(5)   difficulty concentrating

(6)   restlessness

(7)   decreased heart rate

(8)   increased appetite or weight gain


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 due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.


Information adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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