Excessive internet use, especially among adolescents and its health implications, have been a much-discussed topic recently. Problematic internet use or Internet addiction disorder (IAD) is still not an official diagnosis in psychiatric classification systems. Dr.Kimberly Young had first proposed diagnostic criteria for Internet Addiction Disorder… Read More »
The etiopathogenesis of alcoholism involves a complex interplay between biological, psychological and socio-environmental factors. However, one of the strongest predictors is the genetic disposition of an individual, with heritability estimated to range between 50% and 64% of cases. Variation in genes encoding enzymes involved in… Read More »
Prof Michael Berk talks about the application of NAC in addiction, autism, OCD and traumatic brain injury. NAC and Addiction In addiction, you have a situation where glial glutamate uptake is via a transporter called Glutamate Transporter 1 (GLT1) and drug abuse down regulates this… Read More »
Researchers used male Lister Hooded rats that underwent functional disconnections (by excitotoxic lesions) of the amygdala-striatal networks, combined with cocaine self-administration training sessions. Measurements at different stages (early, intermediate and late) of goal-directed, cue-controlled cocaine-seeking behaviour were analysed to understand the effect of disconnections on… Read More »
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