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  • Drug treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment is usually not sufficient. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.Treatment medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone (including a new long-acting formulation), are available for individuals addicted to opioids, while nicotine preparations (patches, gum, lozenges, and nasal spray) and the medications varenicline and bupropion are available for individuals addicted to tobacco. Disulfiram, acamprosate, and naltrexone are medications available for treating alcohol dependence, which commonly co-occurs with other drug addictions, including addiction to prescription medications.

  • Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others. Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.

  • Gambling is the wagering of money or something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the primary intent of winning money or material goods. Gambling thus requires three elements to be present: consideration, risk, and a prize. The outcome of the wager is often immediate, such as a single roll of dice, a spin of a roulette wheel, or a horse crossing the finish line, but longer time frames are also common, allowing wagers on the outcome of a future sports contest or even an entire sports season. Cybercrime, or computer-oriented crime, is a crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.Types of Cybercrime includes:

    • Exploit Kits
    • Online Scams
    • Prohibited/Illegal Content
    • Phishing
    • Potentially Unwanted Programs
    • Social Engineering
    • Cyberstalking
    • Identity Theft
    • Botnets
    • DDoS Attacks
  • Depression occurs more often in women than men. Some differences in the manner in which the depressed mood manifests has been found based on sex and age. In men it manifests often as tiredness, irritability and anger. They may show more reckless behavior and abuse drugs and alcohol. They also tend to not recognize that they are depressed and fail to seek help. In women depression tends to manifest as sadness, worthlessness, and guilt. In younger children depression is more likely to manifest as school refusal, anxiety when separated from parents, and worry about parents dying. Depressed teenagers tend to be irritable, sulky, and get into trouble in school. They also frequently have co-morbid anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse. In older adults depression may manifest more subtly as they tend to be less likely to admit to feelings of sadness or grief and medical illnesses which are more common in this population also contributes or causes the depression. Types of depression include:

    • Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood
    • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
    • Persistent depressive disorder
    • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Methamphetamine (METH) belongs to a class of compounds called phenethylamines which exhibits catecholaminergic, dopaminergic, and serotonergic effects. It was first manufactured in 1893 for the treatment of asthma and upper respiratory congestion, but indications and usage in the medical field have increased over the last 124 years. Today, methamphetamines are clinically used for the treatment of short-term obesity, narcolepsy, and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. Recreational use of methamphetamines has reached epidemic proportions in the South Pacific (Asia, Japan, China, Philippines), as well as the United States. The majority of illegal methamphetamines are produced in the United States in rural areas in what is known as clandestine labs. Using common household materials, including acetone, red phosphorus, sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, ammonia, toluene, along with over the counter cold medicines, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, methamphetamines can be easily manufactured.Amphetamines can induce these disorders:

    • Unspecified stimulant-related disorder
    • Amphetamine-induced obsessive-compulsive and related disorde
    • Amphetamine withdrawal
    • Amphetamine intoxication delirium
    • Amphetamine intoxication
    • Amphetamine-induced sleep disorder
    • Amphetamine-induced sexual dysfunction
    • Amphetamine-induced psychotic disorder
    • Amphetamine-induced depressive disorder
    • Amphetamine-induced bipolar disorder
  • Drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for your baby. Alcohol includes wine, wine coolers, beer and liquor. Alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol can cause problems for the developing baby throughout pregnancy, including before a woman knows she is pregnant. Drinking alcohol in the first three months of pregnancy can cause the baby to have abnormal facial features. Growth and central nervous system problems (e.g., low birthweight, behavioral problems) can occur from drinking alcohol anytime during pregnancy. The baby’s brain is developing throughout pregnancy and can be affected by exposure to alcohol at any time. Children with FASDs might have the following characteristics and behaviors:.

    • Problems with the heart, kidney, or bones
    • Vision or hearing problems
    • Sleep and sucking problems as a baby
    • Poor reasoning and judgment skills
    • Intellectual disability or low IQ
    • Speech and language delays
    • Learning disabilities
    • Difficulty in school
    • Poor memory
    • Difficulty with attention
    • Hyperactive Behavior
    • Poor Coordination
    • Low body weight
    • Shorter-than-average height
    • Small head size
    • Abnormal facial features
  • Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.Symptoms of schizophrenia usually start between ages 16 and 30. In rare cases, children have schizophrenia too. Symptoms include:

    • Problems with “working memory”
    • Trouble focusing or paying attention
    • Poor “executive functioning”
    • Reduced speaking
    • Difficulty beginning and sustaining activities
    • Reduced feelings of pleasure in everyday life
    • Flat affect
    • Movement disorders
    • Thought disorders
    • Delusions
    • Hallucinations
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger. Symptoms include:

    • Feeling emotionally numb
    • Memory problems
    • Hopelessness
    • Negative thoughts
    • Frightening thoughts
    • Bad Dreams
    • Flashbacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations that make them feel driven to do something repetitively. People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships. The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.

  • Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term "spectrum" in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity. Autism spectrum disorder includes conditions that were previously considered separate-autism, Asperger's syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and an unspecified form of pervasive developmental disorder. Some people still use the term "Asperger's syndrome," which is generally thought to be at the mild end of autism spectrum disorder. Symptoms includes:

    • Change in patterns of behavior
    • Losing language skills
    • Lack of response
    • Reduced eye contact
    • Early infancy
  • Tourette Syndrome is one type of Tic Disorder. Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations. They are the defining feature of a group of childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions known collectively as Tic Disorders and individually as Tourette Syndrome, Chronic Tic Disorder (Motor or Vocal Type), and Provisional Tic Disorder. The three Tic Disorders are distinguished by the types of tics present (motor, vocal/ phonic, or both) and by the length of time that the tics have been present. Individuals with Tourette Syndrome (TS) have had at least two motor tics and at least one vocal/ phonic tic in some combination over the course of more than a year. By contrast, individuals with Chronic Tic Disorder have either motor tics or vocal tics that have been present for more than a year, and individuals with Provisional Tic Disorder have tics that have been present for less than a year. Symptoms include:

    • Barking
    • Throat clearing
    • Coughing
    • Grunting
    • Mouth movements
    • Nose twitching
    • Eye darting
    • Shoulder shrugging
    • Head jerking
    • Eye blinking
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry or pediatric psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders in children, adolescents, and their families. It investigates the biopsychosocial factors that influence the development and course of these psychiatric disorders and treatment responses to various interventions. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training emphasizes developmental considerations. Biological, sociocultural, psychodynamic, behavioral, and familial aspects of childhood and adolescence and their problems are covered in both clinical and didactic experiences. Consultation with ambulatory and hospital pediatric services is an essential part of child and adolescent training. In addition, residents consult with schools, courts and social welfare agencies.

  • Sleep is a complex biological process. While you are sleeping, you are unconscious, but your brain and body functions are still active. They are doing a number of important jobs that help you stay healthy and function at your best. So when you don't get enough quality sleep, it does more than just make you feel tired. It can affect your physical and mental health, thinking, and daily functioning. Sleep disorders types include:

    • Parasomnia
    • Circadian Rhythm Disorders
    • Hypersomnia
    • Restless Leg Syndrome
    • Sleep apnea
    • Insomnia
  • Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness. Borderline personality disorder usually begins by early adulthood. The condition seems to be worse in young adulthood and may gradually get better with age. Symptoms includes:

    • Feelings of dissociation
    • Difficulty in trusting
    • Intense anger
    • Chronic feelings of emptiness
    • Recurring thoughts of suicidal behaviors or threats
    • Self-harming behavior
    • Impulsive and often dangerous behaviors
    • Unstable self-image
    • Fear of abandonment
  • Damage to any part of the brain can cause a cognitive disorder, which is a "catch all" term used to describe impairment in any one of the thinking skills that we described above. Cognitive disorders used to be called "organic mental syndromes" or "organic mental disorders" to indicate that these disorders had a brain or biological basis. Damage to any part of the brain can cause a cognitive disorder, which is a "catch all" term used to describe impairment in any one (or all) of the thinking skills that we described above. Cognitive disorders used to be called "organic mental syndromes" or "organic mental disorders" to indicate that these disorders had a brain or biological basis. However, the term "organic" is no longer used because it implies that all other mental disorders do not have a biological basis. Most mental health professionals now believe that the majority of mental disorders are caused or influenced by brain chemistry or another medical issue that affects how the brain functions.Most mental health professionals now believe that the majority of mental disorders are caused or influenced by brain chemistry or another medical issue that affects how the brain functions. Types includes:

    • Brain injuries
    • Stroke
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Mild and major neurocognitive disorder
    • Delirium
  • The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders.It is used, or relied upon, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the legal system, and policy makers together with alternatives such as the ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, produced by the WHO.

  • Substance abuse is when you take drugs that are not legal. Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Psychoactive substance use can lead to dependence syndrome - a cluster of behavioural, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated substance use and that typically include a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state. Excessive use of alcohol, prescription medicine, and other legal substances too much or in the wrong way can lead to various disorders. Persons who develop a substance use problem have depression, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or another mental problem. A stressful or chaotic lifestyle and low self-esteem are also common.People can develop an addiction to:

    • Tobacco
    • Cocaine, methamphetamine and other stimulants
    • Sedatives, hypnotics and anxiolytics
    • Opioid pain killers, such as codeine and oxycodone, heroin
    • Inhalants, such as, paint thinners and glue
    • PCP, LSD and other hallucinogens
    • Marijuana
    • Alcohol
  • Geriatric psychiatry emphasizes the biological and psychological aspects of normal aging, the psychiatric effect of acute and chronic physical illness, and the biological and psychosocial aspects of the pathology of primary psychiatric disturbances of older age. Geriatric psychiatrists focus on prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly and improvement of psychiatric care for healthy and ill elderly patients..

  • Behavioral health includes the sudy of emotions, behaviors and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in every day life and their concept of self. Behavioral health disorders inclusde stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, addiction, ADHD or learning disabilities, mood disorders, or other psychological concerns. It results from changes in the brain that can occur with repeated use of alcohol or drugs. The most severe expression of the disorder, addiction, is associated with changes in the function of brain circuits involved in pleasure, learning, stress, decision making, and self-control. Addictive disorders, like drug abuse and dependence, are common disorders that involve the overuse of alcohol and/or drugs. Addiction develops over time and is a chronic and relapsing illness. Different types of addictive diorders can be:

    • Gambling
    • Pyromania
    • Kleptomania
    • Intermittent explosive disorde
  • Alcohol use disorder (which includes a level that's sometimes called alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. Different health risks include:

    • Accidents and injuries
    • Heart disease and cardiovascular health
    • Osteoporosis
    • Malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies
    • Brain damage
    • Immune system dysfunction
    • Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems
    • Cancer
    • Pancreatitis
    • Liver disease
  • Opioid dependence is a complex health condition that often requires long-term treatment and care. The treatment of opioid dependence is important to reduce its health and social consequences and to improve the well-being and social functioning of people affected. The main objectives of treating and rehabilitating persons with opioid dependence are to reduce dependence on illicit drugs; to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by the use of illicit opioids, or associated with their use, such as infectious diseases; to improve physical and psychological health; to reduce criminal behaviour; to facilitate reintegration into the workforce and education system and to improve social functioning. The ultimate achievement of a drug free state is the ideal and ultimate objective but this is unfortunately not feasible for all individuals with opioid dependence, especially in the short term.

  • Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. It is considered a brain disorder, because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control, and those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped taking drugs.Epidemiological studies of substance use and substance use disorders (SUDs) have provided an abundance of data on the patterns of substance use in nationally representative samples across the world.

  • Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder-substance use or mental illness-can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms they experience. However, research shows that alcohol and other drugs worsen the symptoms of mental illnesses.Either substance abuse or mental illness can develop first. A person experiencing a mental health condition may turn to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication to improve the troubling mental health symptoms they experience. Research shows though that drugs and alcohol only make the symptoms of mental health conditions worse.

  • Addiction psychiatry is a medical subspecialty within psychiatry that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of people who are suffering from one or more disorders related to addiction. This may include disorders involving legal and illegal drugs, gambling, sex, food, and other impulse control disorders. Addiction psychiatrists are substance abuse experts. Growing amounts of scientific knowledge, such as the health effects and treatments to substance abuse, have led to advancements in the field of addiction psychiatry. These advancements in understanding the neurobiology of rewarding behavior, along with federal funding, has allowed for ample opportunity for research in the discipline of addiction psychiatry. Addiction psychiatry is an expanding field, and currently there is a high demand for substance abuse experts in both the private and public sector.

  • Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Symptoms include repeated alcohol consumption despite related legal and health issues. Those with alcoholism may begin each day with a drink, feel guilty about their drinking, and have the desire to cut down on the amount of drinking. Treatment involves counseling by a healthcare professional. A detoxification program in a hospital or medical facility is an option for those who need additional assistance. Medications are available that reduce the desire to drink.

  • Eating disorders are a group of conditions marked by an unhealthy relationship with food. The three main types are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Eating disorders are a serious medical problem that can have long-term health consequences if left untreated. Common symptoms of eating disorders includes:

    • Diabulimia
    • Compulsive Exercise
    • Orthorexia
    • Rumination Disorder
    • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
    • Otherwise Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
    • Binge Eating Disorder
    • Bulimia Nervosa
    • Anorexia Nervosa
    • Physical
    • Emotional and behavioral
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