- Preliminary Draft of the DSM-V Committee on Cyber-disorders
The Cyber Disorders section includes disorders that have a dependency
upon cyber-existence as the predominant feature. The section is
divided into three parts.
1. The first part describes e-mail episodes that serve as the
building blocks for the disorder diagnoses.
2. The second part describes the Cyber Disorders themselves. The
criteria sets for most of the Cyber-Disorders require the presence or
absence of the e-mail episodes described in the first part of the
3. The third part includes the specifiers that describe either
the most recent e-mail episode, or the course of recurrent episodes.
The Cyber Disorders are divided into
The Posting Disorders (i.e. Lurking Disorder, Chronic Posting
Disorder and Posting Disorder not Otherwise Specified) are
distinguished from the Flaming Disorders by the fact that there is no
history of ever having posted a Flame, or Flame-with-Apology.
CC Disorders (CC-All Disorder and Spam Disorder) may include episodes
of Chronic Posting, Flames, and/or Flame-With-Apologies but can be
distinguished by the number of addressees.
Lurking Disorder is characterized by one or more episodes of lurking
(i.e. at least two weeks of lurking or loss of interest in answering
mail accompanied by at least four additional symptoms of Lurking
including high on-line time balances, walking away from the computer
while logged on, composing posts and deleting them without sending
Chronic Posting Disorder is characterized by at least 4 weeks of
posting to a newsgroup or listserv more days than not, accompanied by
additional Cyber-symptoms such as checking mail several times per
day, posts in which the content is shorter than the message header or
sig, and messages of extreme anxiety when list volume drops.
Posting Disorder not Otherwise Specified is included for coding
disorders with posting features that do not meet the criteria for
Lurking Disorder or Chronic Posting Disorder.
Flaming Disorder is characterized by one or more episodes of
hot-tempered posts, usually posted within seconds of receiving the
'trigger' message, but can be distinguished from the Flame-With-
Apology in that the sender has a sincere belief that he/she is 100%
correct and morally entitled to his/her feelings of outrage. Flaming
Disorder is often accompanied by Chronic Posting Disorder.
Flame-With-Apology Disorder is a milder form of the Flaming Disorder,
in which the poster sincerely apologizes for the first portion of the
message and yet sends it anyway. A variation of Flame-With-Apology
exists in which posters staunchly defend their position for 3 to 4
days, then abruptly back down and revert to Chronic Posting or
The specifiers described in the third part of the section are
provided to increase diagnostic specificity, create more homogeneous
subgroups, assist in treatment selection, and improve the prediction
of prognosis. Some of the specifiers describe the current or most
recent episode (i.e. Pine, Elm, Anonymous, With Humorous Features,
and With Uncomplicated Internet Access).
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