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Help please! Is drug addiction a brain disease?

Help please! Is drug addiction a brain disease?

Addiction = disease: It looks and often feels like voluntary behavior, but addiction is a disease.

See the video, "pleasure unwoven, " available from www. Instituteforaddictionstudy. Com or watch it in segments on youtube. Explains why addiction is a brain disease & not a choice. ...Read more

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Brain Diseases (Definition)

Brain diseases include many different areas and etiologies, but generically this refers to disorders of the brain tissue. They can be grouped into six categories, each of which requires a different treatment: tumors, traumatic in nature, neurodegenerative (such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), ...Read more


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Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Not quite sure: What you mean. Any brain problem is "complex" because the brain is complex. So yes, drug addiction is a complex brain illness. ...Read more

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Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease? Why make it such a complex issue?

Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease? Why make it such a complex issue?

Beautiful mind: Watch the movie beautiful mind - knowing he has a problem he chooses his response, same way it does not matter what the issue is based on it is the choices that people make creates the healing or addiction process. Addiction is a community issue when a person is under inflence they are a danger to children and community. To integrate people with issues we need rules to have a healthy society. ...Read more

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Does anyone know where brain diseases start?

Does anyone know where brain diseases start?

Brain diseases: Depends on the type & nature of the disease. Can start from the brain such as a tumor, goes to the brain through the blood vessels such as stroke, spreads from around the brain such as growth in skull, or systemic effect of chemicals such as drugs or alcohol. ...Read more

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Why are mental illnesses considered as brain diseases?

Why are mental illnesses considered as brain diseases?

Mental illness: Historically mental diseases were thought to be manifestations of psychological imbalance. Over the last 30+ years it has become clear that the underlying cause of most mental disorders is related to chemical imbalances in the brain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: brain diseases?

What is the definition or description of: brain diseases?

Brain disease: You have asked an extremely broad question as there is a very long list of injuries that can cause what you call brain disease. The list would include trauma, tumors, aging diseases such as alzheimer's or parkinson and then there are diseases from infection that affect the brain. ...Read more

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Hi what brain diseases can cause mental conditions? I feel like I can't think properly at times and at other times I am unable to read anything mental

Hi what brain diseases can cause mental conditions? I feel like I can't think properly at times and at other times I am unable to read anything mental

SPECIFIC ITEMS: There are numerous diseases of the brain, but I am not certain that you possess any of them, and may in fact need help in the psychiatric realm. Granted you could have a migraine issue or even temporal lobe epilepsy, but suggest you get a thorough evaluation by your primary doc first and exclude thyroid problems, anemias, and nutritional deficiencies. Also, best to fully avoid recreational drugs. ...Read more

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What are brain diseases that can only be treated by surgery?

What are brain diseases that can only be treated by surgery?

Brain masses: In general, any time there is a brain mass that requires neurosurgical removal. For example, blood clots that occur after traumatic brain injury (ie. Subdural or epidural hematomas) cause pressure in the brain and are removed by surgery.Brain tumors also cause pressure and the first step is surgery followed by radiation/chemo depending on type. ...Read more

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Are there any brain diseases that can only be treated by surgery?

Are there any brain diseases that can only be treated by surgery?

Neurosurgery: Some conditions affecting the brain that might need surgery include brain tumors and aneurysms (malformations of the blood vessels nourishing the brain, that can rupture and bleed). Also after head injury sometimes, a hematoma (collection of blood) can develop between brain and skull that compresses brain -- this may need surgery or decompression. This is far from a complete list. ...Read more

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What brain diseases can cause dizziness and it being only symptom?

What brain diseases can cause dizziness and it being only symptom?

The inner ear.: Dizziness is a difficult term. Most people mean the room is spinning around them when 'dizzy'. Moving usually makes it worse. If that is what you are feeling, you likely have an inner ear disorder such as labyrinthitis or BPPV Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, if there are no other symptoms. Meniere's is another but usually has tinnitis & hearing loss with the episodes. See an ENT doctor ...Read more

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Do all brain diseases cause seizures?

No: No many do not, diseases that do not affect the cerebral cortex are unlikely to cause seizures, for example Parkinson's disease does not cause seizures. ...Read more

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Is there any degenerative brain diseases caused by liver disease?

Is there any degenerative brain diseases caused by liver disease?

Yes: Chronic poorly controlled liver disease can lead to a condition of brain injury called hepatocerebral degneration. This is not to be confused with the delirum that is seen with liver failure and is reversible (hepatic encephalopathy). Hepatocerebral degeneration is a less reversible problem seen after years of advanced liver disease and has features like Parkinson's disease, . ...Read more

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What are some of the factors that may cause heart & brain diseases?

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What are some of the factors that may cause heart & brain diseases?

Heart/Brain diseases: Several, from neurological illnesses, to metabolic to ndocrine, to substances such as tobacco & alcohol. ...Read more

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What kind of brain diseases can develop as complicances of gonorrhoea? Do these diseases include psychiatric symptoms? Thanks

What kind of brain diseases can develop as complicances of gonorrhoea? Do these diseases include psychiatric symptoms? Thanks

Gonorrhea (GC): Complications of gonorrhea (gc) include pelvic inflammatory disease and possible infertility in women, and epididymitis in men. Untreated gc can also lead to disseminated infection characterized by arthritis, tenosynovitis, and/or dermatitis which can be life-threatening. If ill enough, the person could become delirious. Syphilis is more known for neuropsychiatric manifestations than gc. ...Read more

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Can you list various brain diseases that could cause dim vision{like the lights have been turned down slightly)many thanks for your previous reply?

Can you list various brain diseases that could cause dim vision{like the lights have been turned down slightly)many thanks for your previous reply?

Dim vision: It MAY NOT be your brain but the eyes themselves. Please see an eye doctor. One POSSIBILITY is cataracts or some other eye condition. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia related to other brain diseases such as dementia or senility?

Is schizophrenia related to other brain diseases such as dementia or senility?

Schizophrenia: Not necessarily, check with your treating doctor if you are concerned with memory difficulties. Best. ...Read more

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I have had bone pain for 9 months. I have been tested for cancer, brain diseases, nerve conditions and any rheumatologic possibilities. Suggestions?

I have had bone pain for 9 months. I have been tested for cancer, brain diseases, nerve conditions and any rheumatologic possibilities. Suggestions?

Skeletal x-ray, MRI: Many possibilities of bony pain- from muskuloskeletal, neurological etc. If I am not mistaken, you are recently diagnosed of having mgus 19 months ago, correct? I recommend you to get a skeletal bone survey to be done. If that is normal- you should consider pet scan (superior than skeletal bone survey) or MRI of spines to detect bony lesion that may be associated with your plasma cell disorder. ...Read more

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When doing a mri of brain does it check for all brain diseases or just the one that your doctor suspects it may be?

When doing a mri of brain does it check for all brain diseases or just the one that your doctor suspects it may be?

Not just one thing: Any imaging study looks for various types of pathology, but is limited by the ability of the test to see some abnormalities. Traditional MRI sees masses well. Changes in extracellular water content help us see MS, most cancers, strokes and even migraines. We see most vessel abns. Like aneurysms. Functional MRI is a special type of MRI which is useful for seizures and even many mental illnesses. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from insomnia the past 2 months. Sleep study results were normal. Does that rule out serious brain diseases e.g. a prion disease?

I have been suffering from insomnia the past 2 months. Sleep study results were normal. Does that rule out serious brain diseases e.g. a prion disease?

No: It will rule different type of sleep apnea. Insomnia usually is psychological and usually responds to good sleep hygiene and physical exhaustion. Why are you concerned about an uncommon neurological Disease? ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain disease.?

Describe the features of a brain disease.?

What kind?: I need more info to answer your question. How do you know it is a brain disease? In general, the brain is an organ just like your heart, lungs and liver. Things can go wrong in a number of ways: biochemically, electrically or structurally. ...Read more

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