Smartphone addiction causes brain chemistry imbalance

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There is a seminal article by Barbara Fredrickson titled ‘What good are positive emotions?’ which introduces the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. As per this theory, while negative emotions are associated with specific action tendencies, positive emotions broaden the thought-action repertoire available at that moment and help build physical, social and intellectual resources over the long run. To take an example, joy is associated with creativity, and more loose associations, etc, all involving a move away from rigidity and fixedness to flexibility and fluency in thinking ;  joy is also assoc...
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“Oh god, he sounds suicidal,” I whimpered, curling into my partner. “I can’t watch.” It was the Sicily episode of Parts Unknown. After a harrowing day of disappointment, floating amongst frozen octopi, Anthony Bourdain was in a full on existential crisis. His narration always hit home; a surlier, snarkier recording of my own inner monologue. The familiarity of his commentary on rigor mortis sinking seafood as a metaphor for the meaninglessness of life, however, was frankly soul-crushing. The morning Anthony Bourdain died, I woke up groggy and fuzzy. Eyes itching from allergies and opening slow...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Bipolar Celebrities Depression General Grief and Loss Personal Policy and Advocacy Stigma Suicide anthony bourdain Celebrity Death Health Insurance kate spade Nami peer support social media Source Type: blogs
We describe case reports from patients of the Occupational Disease Centre in Brest, France between 2013 and 2016. Consultations were conducted within the framework of clinical occupational medicine with a focus on real work situations. Diagnoses of workaholism were made according to Goodman's criteria. The situations of four patients are reported. Three of these suffered from workaholism: a 41-year-old sales representative, a 51-year-old nurse in progressive care and a 30-year-old saleswoman. The last case report concerns the situation of a 41-year-old team leader who was first suspected to have workaholism, but later diag...
Source: Industrial Health - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Ind Health Source Type: research
Okun (2012).New England Journal of Medicine.Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus inParkinson's disease (PD) has been highly successful in controlling the motor symptoms of this disorder, which include tremor, slowed movement (akinesia), and muscle stiffness or rigidity. The figure above shows the electrode implantation procedure for PD, where a stimulating electrode is placed in either thesubthalamic nucleus, (STN), a tiny collection of neurons within the basal ganglia circuit, or in the internal segment of theglobus pallidus, another structure in the basal ganglia (Okun, 2012). DBS of the STN is more co...
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AbstractPurposeTo review the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of co-occurring mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression) and stimulant use disorders (SUD), which includes cocaine and methamphetamine use disorders.Recent FindingsEpidemiological studies support frequent co-occurrence between mood and SUD. Multiple studies support a bidirectional negative impact between mood and SUD for clinical outcomes and treatment response. Only a few clinical trials were conducted in individuals with mood and SUD comorbidity. The majority of trials for mood disorders have excluded patients with comorbid substance use di...
Source: Current Addiction Reports - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThe present review will provide an overview of the neurobiology, epidemiology, clinical impact, and treatment of cannabis use disorder (CUD) in mood disorders.Recent FindingsPatients with mood disorders including major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD) have higher rates of cannabis use, and CUD compared to the general population. Reasons for this association are not clear, nor are the putative therapeutic effects of cannabis use, or its components delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), in these illnesses. The evidence surrounding treatments for patients with thi...
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Day three of APA ’s Annual Meeting included an address by the first assistant secretary for mental health and substance use in HHS; the release of a study in theAmerican Journal of Psychiatry, which found a family history of psychiatric disorders increases the risk of postpartum depression; and the results of an APA poll, which found Americans are concerned about gun violence and the opioid crisis.From now through May 9,Psychiatric News will deliver an evening digest of some of the day ’s highlights. Whether you are here in New York or at home, these reports will convey the excitement and outstanding scientific...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: AJP APA annual meeting APA Gives Back Bolivar Award Elinore McCance-Katz gun violence Juan Bustillo national poll opioid crisis Patricia Newton postpartum depression Solomon Carter Fuller Award Source Type: research
It can be both devastating and a relief to receive a diagnosis. It’s validating to finally know what’s been ailing you. It’s empowering to know what you can do to feel better. At the same time, a diagnosis changes a life. It changes the way you view your present and future self. Give yourself time to accept a diagnosis. Let yourself grieve for the who you thought you were and will be. Schedule time with a compassionate friend or therapist. Do what you need to do to nurture yourself and you will gain the energy to take action and begin the process of healing. Addiction and Shame (Addiction &Mental Hea...
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Discussion based on a case study. Psychiatr Pol. 2018 Feb 28;52(1):45-54 Authors: Pilszyk A, Silczuk A, Habrat B, Heitzman J Abstract Contemporary literature does not take a clear position on the issue of determining civil and criminal liability of persons diagnosed with pathological gambling, and all the more so in case of possible comorbidity of or interference with other mental disorders. Diagnostic difficulties are demonstrated by a clinical picture of a patient with problem gambling who underwent forensic and psychiatric assessments to evaluate the process of making informed (and independent) deci...
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Authors: Dell'Osso L, Conversano C, Corsi M, Bertelloni CA, Cremone IM, Carpita B, Carbone MG, Gesi C, Carmassi C Abstract This case report draws attention to the potential relevance of undetected autism spectrum symptoms in a bipolar patient with high work functioning showing a peculiar addictive profile with impulsive and antisocial behaviors. A 23-year-old man with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (BD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) was hospitalized at the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Pisa for diuretics and β-2 adrenergic agonist abuse in a remission phase of benzodiazepines and substance abuse....
Source: Case Reports in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Case Rep Psychiatry Source Type: research
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