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Does The Brain Play A Role In Addiction
You can find some basic information about Dopamine and the reward system of teh brain, still sometimes called the limbic system at http://www.Addictscience.Com/drugs-and-dopamine
all the very recent excitement about food addicion is localized to activation in the nucleus accumbens, one part of the brain involved in reward and craving. ...Read more
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
Both play a part.: Nicotine is definitely physiologicaly addicting. Smokers experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings as nicotine is eliminated from the body. Smokers also have very strong habits that involve hands, mouth, breathing, etc. At certain times and in response to certain triggers. Effective programs to stop smoking address the psychological as well as the physiological aspects of this addiction. ...Read more
No: If you're asking if make somebody feel guilty will help him/her to stop drinking or using, then the answer is 99% no. If you're asking whether some people use because he feels guilty, then the answer is: very possible, but clearly not the only reason. Find a good therapist, both for the patient and for the family. The problem most of the times is a family problem, even if you don't think so. ...Read more
Unfortunately, yes: Family history is an iimportant risk for developing drug and alcohol addiction. There is something about the brain that one is given, that makes one more susceptible to taking drugs or alcohol.....And those people who are vulnerable, get something extra, that most others do not get from taking drugs or alcohol, which unfortunately encourages the person to take more and more, leading to problems. ...Read more
A strong role: Alcoholism runs in families- if you have a first-degree relative who is an alcohol dependent, you have 3 to 4 times increased risk of becoming alcohol dependent. Genetics are figured to account for roughly 50% of your risk of developing alcohol dependence. Similar relationships exist for other substances; initiation is situational, but whether that becomes an addiction depends on one's genetics. ...Read more
A lot: You sound correctly concerned.Now let's confer with an excellent psychiatrist . For you! for the kids ! ...Read more
Possible: Depending on your sensitivity and how severe. ...Read more
Which vitamins/minerals/supplements play great role in betterment of brain functions, especially for struggling students, and what should be avoided?
Big picture: All the basic nutrients are helpful, especially in our era when many diets are marginal at best. Be sure you're not hypothyroid, anemic, suffering from sleep apnea / restless legs, in a rough or abusive social situation, or with a host of other illnesses. Study the subjects you find most interesting, preview / do problems before lecture, and get help from a learning expert. ...Read more
Cerebral palsy stiffness and trouble moving seems to be worse along w pain. What can i do? Is it age or zoloft side effects playing a role?
Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n
Yes: Online addictions, whether for action games, online porn, chatrooms or many other activities can be serious and damaging to quality of life. Many addiction programs have now started special programs for those with these kinds of problems (called 'process' addictions). They sometimes reflect another underlying psychiatric problem, sometimes not. See an addiction specialist (aaap.Org or asam.Org). ...Read more
A lot: Besides acting like a poison that we somehow can't stop taking, it creates action in nerve cells that's responsible for making us feel something we want to feel (or avoid what we don't want to feel. When we stop the drug, we have a hard time replacing the sensation we were looking for naturally. Often it hurts so much that we go back.With help we can get deal with our feelings naturally again. ...Read more
Excessive anything: can become psychologically addictive, including porn. Does this keep you from getting the sleep you need, make you late for or miss work? These are telltale signs that something is amiss. This will change your body chemistry but it can be reversed. Please see a mental health professional for an evaluation. Peace and good health. ...Read more
If my brain is desensitized due to addiction, should I not be avoiding all dopamine increasing activities including exercise?
It could be: An addiction. The crucial factor in defining an addiction is self control. If you can choose when and how long you play xbox and can quit whenever you want, it's probably not an addiction. If you feel compelled to play or feel uneasy if you can't play or it takes up most of your time to the exclusion of other activities, it probably is an addiction. The key is to have control. ...Read more
Yes: Addiction is complicated, and is related to behavior, social factors, heredity, and physiology-->the brain and body. It is unlike a brain tumor, however, in that it does not attack an unsuspecting person behaving in healthful ways. But, after one's behavior has led to addiction, the brain is certainly involved and adversely affected, which decreases one's will power to break the addiction. ...Read more
Addiction: Certain substances will activate a center of the brain we have labeled the addiction center. This center of the brain is activated the behavior becomes reinforced to the point that it is difficult to suppress. Drugs will do this as well as will certain foods such as carbohydrates and high calorie meals. ...Read more
In easily more: Than ten known ways and god knows how many unappreciated ways. ...Read more
Addiction: There is both psychological and physical addiction. Physical is when the body needs the drug to prevent withdrawal. Psychological is related to increase in dopamine in the emotion part of the brain.from anything pleasurable such as a good meal, a roller coaster, seeing a friend, hitting the jackpot, sex or using drugs. Your brain then craves or needs these things (ie chasing the high) ...Read more
Nothing structural: But the function of the brain is altered by pathological gambling in ways that are similar to other kinds of addictions, with changes in the reward pathways in the limbic system that look very much like (on pet scans or functional mris) what you see in drug addiction. ...Read more
What's going on in the brain when someone is dealing with drug/alcohol addiction for them to keep making excuses for doing it?
Drug addiction: Most drugs and alcohol directly or indirectly target specific centers in the brain resulting in pleasure. Dopamine is one of the chemicals produced at these centers. Overstimulating these centers with drugs or alcohol results in large amounts of dopamine and strongly reinforces the need for drugs and alcohol and the more. This teaches the brain to need more and more stimulation a vicious cycle ...Read more
My mom is addicted to playing cards, it causes several problems in my home. She has lost all the money saved, how can we stop her from this addiction?
Gambling addiction: You cannot make her stop, but you can get help through gamanon, the companion group to gamblers anonymous. In the same way that al-anon helps family members of an alcoholic, whether or not the alcoholic is in aa, gamanon can help you whether your mother goes to ga or not. ...Read more