Parody: Diagnostic Criteria for Pathological Flying

(Original: Diagnostic Criteria for Pathological Gambling/DSM-IV)


Persistent and recurrent maladaptive flying behavior as indicated by 5 or more of the following:


1.      Preoccupation with flying (e.g., preoccupied with reliving past flying experiences, planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to fly).

2.      Needs to fly with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement.

3.      Has repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back , or stop flying.

4.      Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop flying.

5.      Flies as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood.

6.      After losing money flying, often returns another day.

7.      Lies to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with flying.

8.      Has committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance flying.

9.      Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of flying.

10.  Relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by flying.


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