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Clinical Significance of Caffeine

  • Friday, September 21, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Aspenwood Senior Living | 14400 Homecrest Road Silver Spring, Maryland
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Presenter: Linda Friskey, LCSW-C

Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

Workshop Description: The DSM 5 states that more than 85 percent of children and adults consume caffeine regularly. Our diagnostic manual further reports that "caffeine withdrawal" and "caffeine intoxication" are "clinically significant." If you rarely--if ever--ask clients/patients how much caffeine they consume, this workshop is a must for you. 

About the Presenter: The workshop will be presented by Linda Friskey, LCSW-C, who specializes in the intersection of biological/somatic and emotional/psychological concerns. Linda is a seasoned clinician practicing at Linda Friskey, LLC in Columbia, Maryland. 


  1. The participant will be able to define caffeine and to identify amounts of caffeine in many foods, drinks and supplements that are readily available in America.
  2. The participant will gain understanding of how to diagnose caffeine intoxication and caffeine withdrawal.
  3. The participant will be able to identify at least three potential differential diagnoses.
  4. The participant will gain a basic understanding of caffeine's physical effects on the body.
  5. The participant will be able to place caffeine within a public health policy framework, with emphasis on caffeine as it affects children and adolescents.


9 a.m. to 9:30 | Introduction of speaker; participants will explain their interest in topic; explanation of schedule and business details
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 | Caffeine basics
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 | Caffeine Intoxication and withdrawal
11:15 a.m. to 11:30 | Break
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 | Differential diagnoses; public health concerns

Recommended Reading:

  • Journal of Caffeine Research, 2013, September 3(3): 114-130. Caffeine Use Disorder: A Comprehensive Review and Research Agenda.
  • Caffeine Pharmacology and Clinical Effects. Graham, Schultz, et al. Principles of Addictive Medicine, 3rd edition, pp. 193-224. Chevy Chase, Maryland, American Society of Addictive Medicine.
  • Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, October 2005, 11 (6) 432-439.
  • Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Energy Drinks Fact Sheet.
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