Day: June 16, 2015

The Distress at the Heart of Addiction – Part 3

Part 3 The overall emotion regulation network contains the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC)  ventromedial prefrontal (VM PFC) regions including the anterior cingulate cortex, amygdala and the striatum as well as the insular cortex and the hippocampus. Studies show increased activity in motor areas of the brain during emotional processing (), suggest […]

This Emotional Disease?

Part 2 A Brief History of Addiction as Affective Disorder Cheetham and others are not the first, however, to suggest an affect centred view of addiction. Rado in 1933,  described substance use as a way of coping with excessively difficult states of emotions (3). Others have interpreted addiction […]

A Disorder of Stress-Emotion Dysregulation?

Part 1 In our previous neurobiological model, we highlighted how the addiction cycle may be viewed as a transition towards increasingly chronic stress and emotional dysregulation, with persistent states of emotional distress, at the endpoint of addiction, ultimately acting as a stimulus response to the activation of compulsive […]

Diagnosis: Towards Validity and Consistency

Translating Accurate Diagnosis into Effective Treatment, Part Two The way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction. Within the frame of the current […]

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