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It is my pleasure to introduce the editor of this special issue on the neurobiology of addiction: Dr. Diane Snow, Director, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Editor of this journal, and President of the International Nurses Society on Addictions,...
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a (person) in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” — Herbert Spencer (Alcoholics Anonymous, 1976)
Carrasco JL, Saiz-Ruiz J, Diaz-Marsa, M, Cesar J, Lopez-Ibor JJ. Low platelet monoamine oxidase activity in sensation-seeking bullfighters. CNS Spectrums 4:21–24, 1999. Nordin C, Eklundh T. Altered CSF 5-HIAA disposition in pathologic male gamblers. CNS Spectrums 4:25–43, 1999....
In summary, although there are many socio-cultural explanations for violent behavior, it is critical that health care providers adopt a stress-vulnerability model that carefully weighs the biologic factors contributing to violence as well as the environmental influences. In this way new and...
Stahl, SM. Essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical applications. Cambridge University Press: New York, 2000.
Interest in the drug Ecstasy, by users, researchers, educators and policy makers, has increased considerably in recent years. The increase in use and potential dangers associated with Ecstasy has led to mainstream media coverage and scientific investigations. Recreational use is increasing,...
Methamphetamine is one of the most prevalent “club drugs” but its use is not limited to “raves.” Methamphetamine belongs to the broad class of drugs called psychostimulants that also includes cocaine, amphetamine, and methyl-phenidate. Methamphetamine and cocaine often are compared to...
Neurobiology and molecular genetics are currently contributing greatly to our understanding of the causes of chemical dependence (“addiction”). This article is an updated review of the chemical neuroanatomy of addictive substances. One purpose of this commentary is to bridge the gap between...
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