Posts in the ‘Addiction’ Category

The second brain – trust your gut. Latest research finds serotonin and dopamine production occurs more in our gut rather than in the brain.

The Second Brain: Trust Your Gut Leslie E. Korn   There is no doubt that nutrition affects mental health. Poor nutrition leads to and exacerbates mental illness. Optimal nutrition prevents and treats mental illness. Note the word “optimal” for nutrition to prevent and treat illness. One’s diet cannot be just “good” or provide the basics

Drug Abuse, Dopamine and the Reward System Explained (and explained well!)

From The Cabin Chiang Mai treatment centre archives. Advances in neuroscience have allowed doctors and scientists to delve deep into the brain’s functioning to better understand the cause of addiction. The brain’s reward system plays a major role, alongside many other factors. For far too long now, the stigma of drug abuse has led many

Alexithymia: What’s That Feeling?

In people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, such as PTSD, self-medication (taking substances to dull the pain) serves to remove unwanted feelings.  However, over a prolonged period this avoidant behaviour only results in one emotion being present – anger.  But, anger is a secondary, reactive emotion to something else being felt.  it

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction.  Changing the way drug use and addiction are taught in schools.  Finally!  And Australia is leading the charge globally.  A New York Times article by Maia Szalavitz, the author of “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.” STUART BRADFORD By MAIA SZALAVITZ SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 Drug

Let’s Call Mental Health Stigma What It Really Is: Discrimination

Society’s attitude toward psychological disorders needs to change.  An excellent article from Huffington Post and Lindsay Holmes.  American skewed but just as relevant here – even the stats align. 27/09/2016 10:15 PM AEST | Updated 28/09/2016 3:09 AM AEST  Lindsay HolmesDeputy Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post KATARZYNABIALASIEWICZ VIA GETTY IMAGES People with mental health