Category: Premorbid vulnerability to alcoholism

Is the Heart of the Matter White (and Grey)?

Is the Impulsive Behaviour that Precedes Addiction Hardwired into the¬†Brain? AUG 25 Posted by alcoholicsguide In various blogs we have forwarded the idea that emotional and stress dysregulation are that the heart of addiction and alcoholism and are also possible present in those at risk¬†to these disorders. Essentially […]

Is there an emotional processing problem in alcoholics?

Given the relative¬†paucity of research into the¬†processing of¬†emotions (as opposed to recognition of emotions etc) we will have to consider how a known disorder of emotional processing ¬†Alexithymia¬†relates to addiction. Alexythymia and Addiction Effective emotion regulation skills include the ability to be aware of emotions, identify and label […]

Decision Making Deficits

Emotional dysregulation and altered reward¬†sensitivity may underpin impulsive behavior and poor decision-making. Both of these tendencies can be seen in the ‚Äúreal-world‚ÄĚ behavior of addicted individuals, but can also be studied using laboratory-based paradigms. Addiction is associated with a loss of control over drug use which continues in […]

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