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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

Addiction Substance-related and addictive disorders are complex and often and can result in significant consequences for the individual. The biological processes that cause addiction involve the reward pathways in the brain. These circuits provide rushes of positive...
How does a doctor diagnose addiction?

How does a doctor diagnose addiction?

Addiction Addiction is a chronic condition that is difficult to diagnose and treat. While the signs can be clear, diagnosis first relies on the person with an addiction or people close to them acknowledging and wanting to address the problem. The diagnosis of...

What are the treatments for addiction?

Addiction Addictive disorders are a group of disorders that can cause physical and psychological damage. Receiving treatment is essential for breaking the cycle of addiction. However, as a chronic disease, addiction is difficult to treat and requires on-going care. In...
What are the risk factors for addiction?

What are the risk factors for addiction?

Addiction Addiction is the inability to stop consuming a substance or engaging in a behavior despite the adverse health and social consequences. Doctors now diagnose addiction under the umbrella of substance use disorders. While anyone can develop a substance use...

What are the symptoms of addiction?

Addiction Addiction is a disease with a range of harmful conditions and behaviors. Recognizing these signs can help a person with addiction receive the treatment they need. Doctors currently diagnose addictions under a category known as “substance-related and...
What are the health effects of chronic stress?

What are the health effects of chronic stress?

Heart Health Short-lived feelings of stress are a regular part of daily life. When these feelings become chronic, or long-lasting, they can severely impact a person’s health. In this article, we look at what chronic stress is, how to identify it, and the medical...
How to tell if stress is affecting your sleep

How to tell if stress is affecting your sleep

Heart Health Stress often impacts on sleep quality and duration. Stress and a lack of sleep can both have a severe impact on physical and mental health. Experts recommend that people aim for 7–9 hours of sleep a night, depending on their age and other factors....

What to know about complex PTSD

Stress and Anxiety Complex post-traumatic stress disorder is closely related to post-traumatic stress disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a handbook often used by psychiatrists and psychologists, does not currently acknowledge...
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