Depression and alcohol burdens Australia

Mental illness and substance abuse are the leading causes of non-fatal illness in the world, according to the latest part of major research into the global burden of disease. And the issues are second only to musculoskeletal diseases as causes of ...

Aug 30

Categories: Addictions, Depression

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Meditation may help reduce smoking, study says

Meditating just a modest amount may help curb cigarette smoking, even in smokers who don’t intend to quit, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. After a few hours of meditation, smokers ...

Aug 12

Categories: Addictions, Mindfulness Meditation

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Alcoholism Could Be Linked to a Hyper-Active Brain Dopamine System

Research from McGill University suggests that people who are vulnerable to developing alcoholism exhibit a distinctive brain response when drinking alcohol, according to a new study by Prof. Marco Leyton, of McGill University's Department of ...

Aug 4

Categories: Addictions

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Why shopaholics overspend? Poor credit management, buying to boost ...

Why do shopping addicts keep spending even in the face of harmful financial, emotional and social consequences? A new study suggests poor credit management and a belief that new purchases will create a happier life fuel compulsive ...

Aug 2

Categories: Addictions

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Is Sexual Addiction a mental disorder?

Controversy exists over what some mental health experts call "hypersexuality," or sexual "addiction." Namely, is it a mental disorder at all, or something else? It failed to make the cut in the recently updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of ...

Jul 20

Categories: Addictions

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Impulsive adolescents more likely to drink heavily

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that young people who show impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age. The research suggests that targeting personality traits, such as impulsivity, could potentially ...

Jul 4

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Inattention, Impulsivity, ...

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Ritalin Shows Promise in Treating Addiction

A single dose of a commonly-prescribed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug helps improve brain function in cocaine addiction, according to an imaging study conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. ...

Jun 28

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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What is Love Addiction?

People develop addictions to shield themselves from intolerably painful feelings. An addiction always creates harmful, often ignored consequences. Only when the addiction becomes unmanageable will people do something about it. Love addicts spend ...

May 27

Categories: Addictions, Love addiction

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Girls Who Are Sexually Abused More Likely to Start Using Substances ...

Many studies have confirmed the link between childhood sexual abuse and substance-related problems in adulthood. But a new investigation finds that being raped or molested at a young age also makes young girls far more likely to start drinking or ...

May 25

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sexual Abuse

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Aggressive behaviour linked specifically to secondhand smoke exposure ...

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in early childhood are more likely to grow up to physically aggressive and antisocial, regardless of whether they were exposed during pregnancy or their parents have a history of being antisocial, ...

May 23

Categories: Addictions, Child Development

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1 in 10 teens using ‘study drugs,’ but parents aren’t paying ...

As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a “study drug” — a prescription stimulant or amphetamine — to gain an academic edge. But a new University of Michigan poll shows only one in 100 parents of ...

May 22

Categories: Addictions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child ...

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Youth Who Have Their First Drink During Puberty Have Higher Levels of ...

Research shows that the earlier the age at which youth take their first alcoholic drink, the greater the risk of developing alcohol problems. Thus, age at first drink (AFD) is generally considered a powerful predictor of progression to ...

May 20

Categories: Addictions

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What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we ...

May 9

Categories: Addictions, Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ...

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Pathological gambling caused by excessive optimism

Compulsive gamblers suffer from an optimism bias that modifies their subjective representation of probability and affects their decisions in situations involving high-risk monetary wagers. This is the conclusion drawn by Jean-Claude Dreher’s ...

Apr 30

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Early dialogue between parents and children most effective in ...

Early, substantive dialogue between parents and their grade-school age children about the ills of tobacco and alcohol use can be more powerful in shaping teen behavior than advertising, marketing or peer pressure, a University of Texas at Arlington ...

Apr 26

Categories: Addictions

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