Drug Abuse and Addiction

Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Jerry on 30 Nov 2012, 15:41

The parts of the brain that tend to harbor the executive brain functions are the front-most parts of the brain, called the frontal cortex and prefrontal cortex. :D ;) :)
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Utte on 30 Nov 2012, 15:56

When a person takes drugs, the inhibitory functions of the brain are particularly impaired, resulting in the person using drugs and having trouble stopping him or herself from acting on impulses that the brain would otherwise delay or prevent. 8-) 8-)
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Sally on 30 Nov 2012, 15:57

This disinhibition can result in the substance abuser engaging in aggressive, sexual, criminal, or other activities that can have devastating consequences for the addicted person or those around him or her. :P 8-) :(
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Joyce on 30 Nov 2012, 16:01

Given that the brain of individuals below about the age of 25 years is in the process of actively and rapidly developing and is therefore not fully mature. 8-) 8-) :idea: :idea:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Emma on 30 Nov 2012, 16:04

drug use that takes place during the childhood or teenage years can have particularly devastating effects on the younger person's ability to perform all these important executive functions. :) :D :shock: :|
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Jerry on 30 Nov 2012, 16:07

As is true with virtually any mental-health diagnosis, there is no one test that definitively indicates that someone has chemical abuse or addiction. Therefore, health care practitioners diagnose these disorders by gathering comprehensive medical, family, and mental-health information. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Utte on 30 Nov 2012, 16:08

The practitioner will also either perform a physical examination or request that the individual's primary-care doctor perform one. The medical examination will usually include lab tests to evaluate the person's general health and to explore whether or not the individual currently has drugs in their system or has a medical condition that might have mental-health symptoms. :P :o
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Sally on 30 Nov 2012, 16:10

In asking questions about mental-health symptoms, mental-health professionals are often exploring if the individual suffers from depression and/or manic symptoms but also anxiety, hallucinations, or delusions, as well as some behavioral disorders. :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Joyce on 30 Nov 2012, 16:13

Practitioners may provide the people they evaluate with a quiz or self-test as a screening tool for substance abuse or dependence. Since some of the symptoms of drug misuse and dependence can also occur in other mental illnesses. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Emma on 30 Nov 2012, 16:15

The mental-health screening is to determine if the individual suffers from bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other psychotic disorders, or a personality or behavior disorder like antisocial personality disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). :roll: :roll: :roll:
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