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Doctor insights on: Classical Conditioning And Alcohol Addictions

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Does depression or anxiety affects the aerobic and anaerobic systems during exercise ?

Does depression or anxiety affects the aerobic and anaerobic systems during exercise ?

Depression does not: 30% of panic patients worsen with exercise due to panic response to build-up of lactic acid. 1/3 feel better and 1/3 don't feel any different. With generalized anxiety disorder people often feel better. The same holds for ptsd unless running is a trigger for flashbacks. Getting people with social anxiety out to exercise is sometimes difficult. I have no idea re: ocd. Colleagues? Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Not a Good Idea: You should not undergo tummy tuck surgery or any other type of elective surgery while in the recovery phase of addictions. Patients should be medically, psychosocially, financially stable prior to proceeding with any type of elective surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do anti-depressants help most or all people with drug and alcohol addictions?

Do anti-depressants help most or all people with drug and alcohol addictions?

NO: No medication is always helpful. Given by experienced physicians antidepressants are often helpful in the appropriate setting. ...Read more

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What are some fun activities for drug and alcohol abuse group therapy?

What are some fun activities for drug and alcohol abuse group therapy?

Consider the group: It depends a lot on who is in the group and how much supervision you have and need. Also, remember to provide options. Don't ask someone to do something totally out of character in the beginning. Some ideas: yoga, meditation instruction, serving food to the homeless, organized tours of museums, hiking, working with animals. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can alcohol affect the physical fitness of a martial artist?

Can alcohol affect the physical fitness of a martial artist?

Would think so: Every study with alcohol shows that alcohol slows reflexes and concentration. My thought would be that a serious athlete would not drink alcohol since it is beneficial to your training. The calories are empty calories and will certainly not improve you physical fitness. ...Read more

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Alcohol abuse and medicines like Adavan, vistral, and naltrexone ?

Alcohol abuse and medicines like Adavan, vistral, and naltrexone ?

Alcohol Abuse: I admire you for caring for your Health! Naltrexone is used to treat Alcoholism. Naltrexone will not cause to "sober up" It is not a cure for Alcoholism. Do not drink alcohol while taking Adavan (Ativan). This can increase the effects of Alcohol. Vistaril may impair thinking or reactions, may cause tremors, confusion, seizures. Discuss with Psychiatrist Alcoholism program , A.A. and Therapy. ...Read more

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What physically happens in the body with alcohol addiction and dependence?

What physically happens in the body with alcohol addiction and dependence?

A lot: Alcohol can adversely affect every organ in the body except the kidneys. The brain, the skin, the liver-all the organs. When dependency develops to alcohol, a person builds up a tolerance to the alcohol and the person then drinks more and more in order to obtain the desired effects. Drinking a pint of whiskey every day for at least one month, a person will have withdrawal symptoms when stopping. ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

They are one in the: Same. When you become dependent on alcohol, i.e., addicted to alcohol, you suffer from alcoholism. ...Read more

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How can drugs and alcohol play a role in teen depression?

How can  drugs and alcohol play a role in teen depression?

Both Ways: It can go both ways, sometimes depression leads to drug and alcohol use. Other times the drug use is recreational or related to peer pressure and then that can lead to depression. ...Read more

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Where are the auricular acupuncture points for addiction to alcohol, smoking, and opioids?

Where are the auricular acupuncture points for addiction to alcohol, smoking, and opioids?

Protocols: Nada protocol: shen men, autonomic point, kidney pt, liver pt and lung pt. Tobacco cessation: shen men, kidney pt, point zerio, lung pt and nicotine point. Some protocols can vary. This should only be performed by a trained acupuncturist. ...Read more

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Food for recovery from alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal and malnutrition? And other tips on how to recover? I'm aching a lot and dizzy

Food for recovery from alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal and malnutrition? And other tips on how to recover? I'm aching a lot and dizzy

Congratulations: on your recovery process. Alcohol/drug withdrawing needs to be supervised by your doctor for your safety. At some point he/she will encourage you to continue on your own and return if needed. Malnutrition is a risk factor. Lab testing for nutrient levels is best. Otherwise, include protein, good fats, and carbs in each meal. Don't listen to the low fat and no eggs hype. It is not good science ...Read more

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Overwhelming feeling of emotional withdrawal and upset when faced with smell/sight of chewing tobacco or vape. Allergy? Or mental reaction?

Overwhelming feeling of emotional withdrawal and upset when faced with smell/sight of chewing tobacco or vape. Allergy? Or mental reaction?

Probably emotional: Since sight of these substances is in the equation, this would suggest it is an emotional response which you raise as a possibility. Discussion with a psychiatrist should help you resolve this question ...Read more

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Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read more

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Can intense daily exercise and self conditioning (for example auto suggestions) removes all ADHD symptoms? I'm 34 and can't focus more than 45min.

Can intense daily exercise and self conditioning (for example auto suggestions) removes all ADHD symptoms? I'm 34 and can't focus more than 45min.

both help: But it is unlikely that it will remove all symptoms. I would recommend talking to your doctor about medication in combination with exercise and auto-suggestion treatments. ...Read more

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What kind of activity can indoor table tennis be considered as - aerobic? and mild/moderate or intensive?

Depends on Ur skill-: -level, & level of competition. Very fast play will make U sweat & feel tired. As for that level it = moderate as there is time 2 rest. Would B more cardio than strengthening. Great sport tho & hard to play 4 long periods. ...Read more

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For OCD sufferers, can the use of weed and alcohol make symptoms worse?

Possibly: Although the use of marijuana would be predicted to be capable of reducing anxiety in certain situations the converse should be considered including a consideration of the propensity of marijuana to increase paranoia in some suceptible people. With respect to alcohol, it would potentially in a temporary way reduce worrying but conversely may produce rebound anxiety when reducing alcohol intake. ...Read more

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Can alcohol affect GABA and those with anxiety?

Can alcohol affect GABA and those with anxiety?

Yes: Alcohol is a downer and people with anxiety often use to self medicate and relax, unfortunately this is now a great long term solution and can result in addiction. It does facilitate gaba and that is how it has it's sedative and relaxing effects. ...Read more

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Can mild to moderate mental impairments correlate with eating lot of junk food?

Can mild to moderate mental impairments correlate with eating lot of junk food?

Perhaps: If you mean emotional or psychological disorders, yes. People often binge-eat or crave foods with a lot of sugar, salt, or fat when they are depressed or anxious. If you mean learning disabilities, there is no special correlation with eating poorly except for lack of nutritional knowledge and/or poor judgment or impulse control. ...Read more