Substance Abuse Treatment

New Approach in Substance Abuse Treatment

New Approach in Substance Abuse Treatment: The Self-Medication Model There are many theories for addiction, and almost all of them involve “craving”. Much of the substance abuse treatment is based on trying to diminish or eliminate that craving. I think this approach takes us in the wrong direction in understanding substance abuse, and it leads…

Medications for Psychiatric Disorders

The Same Medications for Different Psychiatric Disorders. Why?

How Do Drugs From 1 Psychiatric Disorder Treat Symptoms of Another How is it that Lamotrigine, an antiepileptic, can help depression, a seemingly different disorder altogether? And why can Prozac, an antidepressant, help reduce anxiety? Or an antipsychotic for schizophrenia help depression? In other words, how is it that drugs for one type of major psychiatric disorder treat…

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Helps Stroke Patients

TMS Helps Stroke Patients Improve Language Function A new study done at the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School shows that Trans Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can improve language function in stroke patients with chronic speech-language problems. A stroke (or CVA, as they are referred to in medicine— a cerebral vascular accident)…

Drugs in War

Drugs In War

The following is based on an article in the NY Times on 4/6/13 by Richard Friedman, MD. → Wars On Drugs The Use Of Psychoactive Drugs In War Last year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide primarily from depression and addictions than died in battle. Another statistic, only somewhat less startling, is that drug prescribing for the use of psychoactive drugs…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Treatment & Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, have recurrent thoughts and behaviors that can be crippling.  What follows is a discussion of the biology of the disorder and several aspects of treatment. Obsessive compulsive disorder is not a single disorder; rather, it’s of a cluster of conditions. In OCD, sufferers might obsess…