There's a name for my affliction and it is called " Caffeinism ."
The references that I can find that do refer to psychiatric effects of caffeine rarely call it caffeinism.
Consumption of 1 1.5 grams per day is associated with a condition known as " caffeinism ."
However, I am very much determined to alert the public to the symptoms of caffeinism, which I had two years ago.
The following are just a few of the many alarming statements about caffeinism by psychiatrists, toxicologists and MDs, scattered throughout the medical literature.
Towns was making claims that his cure was guaranteed to work for any compulsive behavior, from morphinism to nicotinism to caffeinism, to kleptomania and bedwetting.
Caffeinism usually combines caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant symptoms including nervousness, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, headaches, and palpitations after caffeine use.
The vast majority of reference that I can find on caffeinism use the term to mean caffeine addiction, or the ( non-psychiatric ) symptoms of overdose.
I believe it should remain under " caffeinism " based on the currency of the term in medical circles . " Caffeine overdose " implies an acute, one-time episode ( like popping a dozen Vivarin ).
But caffeinism, in its most insidious form, is a chronic condition that mimics manic depression, schizophrenia and a host of other ills that last for years-- and are treated not with stomach pumps but pharmaceuticals.