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Food Addiction And Substance Addiction Share Dopamine Signaling

A stigma surrounds food and other process addictions – that they aren’t real. Many people don’t understand food addiction and so don’t associate it with the same effects as a substance addiction. However, food has the same effects on the brain’s dopamine receptors as chemicals do, making process addictions very real. Understanding dopamine signaling and […]

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September Is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that suicide is a leading cause of death among young people; it is third after accidents and homicides. However, suicidal thoughts and actions affect every demographic. They can occur at any time for many reasons. Never downplay suicidal thoughts or suicide. They’re not common issues, and you should […]

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How Bipolar Disorder Can Lead To Addiction – And The Complexity Of Treating Both

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental condition that can disable those who suffer from it. Once referred to as manic depression, bipolar disorder causes sudden and intense mood swings, behavioral changes and energy surges. These symptoms can severely disrupt a person’s life, leading to emotional and mental distress. This, in turn, lends itself to substance […]

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The Role Of D2 Receptors In Psychopharmacology And Addiction

Researchers closely associate substance dependency with the trait of impulsivity. Impulsivity is the desire to choose an immediate, but lesser, reward over a longer but more valuable one. Impulsivity is a known precursor to drug addictions, as the abuser prefers the short but immediate effects of drugs and alcohol to the lengthy process of recovery […]

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How To Incorporate Substance-Free Methods Of Reducing Mental Health Symptoms Into Your Lifestyle

According to the Association for Natural Psychology, approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from mental health issues. Prescription medications, such as antidepressants, have been over-prescribed and do not effectively treat these illnesses. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of substance-free methods to treat mental illness. In several cases, […]

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