Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry

: 2021  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 243--244

From the editor's desk

Nitin Gupta 
 Gupta Mind Healing and Counselling Centre, Chandigarh, India

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Substance use disorders (SUDs) have been commonly and widely known as “Addictions.”

Even though it is now increasingly recognized that SUDs are a disease of the brain, having a biological and genetic basis; yet society continues to view SUDs as social problems which are not only “voluntary” (under the individual's control) but also that can be handled with the help of society and through the legal/criminal justice system.[1],[2] SUDs are well known to be associated with a wide range of deleterious effects on the family, including children; apart from leading onto impaired socio-occupational dysfunction and disability in the concerned individual(s).[3]

Over a period of numerous decades, significant amount of research has been undertaken in this area, and interest has been generated in trying to understand the concept and nosology of SUDs way back since the time of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) third edition (DSM-III) of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) Ninth Edition (ICD-9) of the World Health Organization.[4] The evolution of nosology and the concept of SUDs have undergone a sea change over the last four decades,[4] with the term “behavioral addiction” finding a place next to the term “psychoactive substance use disorder” in the official nosological systems of ICD and DSM; readers can refer for a further detailed understanding of these concepts to the seminal and excellent article by Basu and Ghosh in an earlier issue of this Journal.[4]

One important disorder covered under “Behavioral Addictions” is Gaming Disorder, this being especially prevalent among children and adolescents; I quote “In the Southeast Asian countries, internet gaming is viewed as a significant concern for public health.”[4] Hence, with this background, it is only pertinent that the current issue is looking at the concept of “Substance and Nonsubstance (Behavioral) Addictions,” with a special focus on “Children and Adolescents” as the latter tend to be highly prevalent in this special population.

There are two sections in this Issue: Section A having different articles (Viewpoints, Commentary, Review, Original Research, and Case Reports) with different perspectives triangulating on the psychosocial aspects of Behavioral Addictions in Children and Adolescents (painstakingly nurtured to the current level by the Guest Editor Team of Shekhar Seshadri and Rachna Bhargava), and Section B devoted to Original Articles on various facets covering Substance and Nonsubstance (Behavioral) Addictions in Adults. I hope that the readers will enjoy this compendium which has been conceptualized with a cocktail of “mix-and-match” approach.


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2Bonnie R. Addiction and responsibility. Soc Res 2001;68:813-34.
3Daley DC. Family and social aspects of substance use disorders and treatment. J Food Drug Anal 2013;21:S73-6.
4Basu D, Ghosh A. Substance use and other addictive disorders in International Classification of Diseases-11, and their relationship with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 and International Classification of Diseases-10. Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2018;34:S54-62.