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What is the diagnosis for Caffeine Withdrawal?

A diagnosis of “caffeine withdrawal” is based on abrupt cessation or reduction in caffeine use, after prolonged daily use, followed within 24 hours by three or more of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Marked fatigue or drowsiness
  • Disease, depressed mood, or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or muscle pain/stiffness)

The symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms are not associated with the physiological effects of another medical condition (e.g., migraine, viral illness) and are not better explained by another mental disorder, including intoxication or withdrawal from another substance.

Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.


Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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