Addiction and Addiction related

Alcohol And Us

Just over half of the population in the United Kingdom drink alcohol. For most of us it is part of our culture and we feel comfortable with it. Moderate drinking doesn’t cause many problems.

However, over the last 30 years, the UK has become wealthier and alcohol has become relatively more affordable.

Although younger people still drink more than other age groups, fewer people are now starting to drink at a younger age.

In the UK:

  • Over the past 5 years, the number of hospital admissions where alcohol is the main cause has risen by 14 per cent
  • Around 1 in 17 men and 1 in 50 women are physically dependent on alcohol.


The above excerpt is taken from Royal College of Psychiatrists website. For detailed article please click the link below.



Addiction and Addiction related

Alcohol Misuse

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively – more than the lower-risk limits of alcohol consumption.

Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about:

  • half a pint of lower to normal-strength lager/beer/cider (ABV 3.6%)
  • a single small shot measure (25ml) of spirits (25ml, ABV 40%)

A small glass (125ml) of wine contains about 1.5 units of alcohol.


The above excerpt is taken from NHS UK website. For full article please click the link below.



Addiction and Addiction related

How Does Drug Addiction Start?

People who have never experienced addiction often wonder why someone would want to become addicted to a substance. They ask themselves why anyone would use a substance that could potentially lead them down that path. Many of these questions don’t have simple answers, and the questions that do have answers, are not easy to understand.  The best way to explore the way addiction begins is to peel back the complex issues layer by layer and examine the way each component relates to the overall matter.

(The above excerpt is from For full article please click the link below)

How Does Drug Addiction Start?



Is Drug Addiction a Choice?

Something about Drugs Addiction

The Psych Talk

There is an ongoing debate on whether addiction is a disease or not. Most medical associations will define it as such – including the American Medical Association. Others, however, consider it a consequence of poor choices and that addiction can be broken with willpower alone.

There is much evidence of both biological, behavioural and environmental issues that may lead someone to a life of addiction. We will now explore the causes of addiction further and consider whether these causes are due to poor choices or something out of the user’s hands.

Correlation Between Mental Illness and Addiction:

There is a strong correlation between mental illness and addiction. According to the Orlando Recovery Center, about half of all addicts have been diagnosed with at least one mental illness. It can be argued that those with mental illness are unable to make rational decisions about drug use and may use drugs for…

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Antidepressant Medications

What is Clomipramine?

Clomipramine belongs to a group of medicines called tricyclic antidepressants. It helps ease the symptoms of a number of different conditions.

Depression: the exact cause of depression is not known. It can develop for no apparent reason or it may be triggered by a life event such as a relationship problem, bereavement, or illness. With depression you have a consistently low mood and other symptoms severe enough to interfere with your normal day-to-day activities.

Phobias and obsessions: a phobia is strong fear or dread of a thing or an event, which is out of proportion to the reality of the situation. Obsessions are unpleasant thoughts, images, or urges that keep coming into your mind. Both of these can cause feelings of distress and can prevent you from getting on with normal activities.

Cataplexy associated with narcolepsynarcolepsy is a long-term problem which affects sleep. It is often associated with a condition called cataplexy. Cataplexy is the word used to describe a sudden loss of muscle control, often triggered by an emotion such as anger or excitement. This can cause you to drop things or to stumble.

Clomipramine can help ease the symptoms in each of these conditions. It is thought to work by interfering with brain chemicals (such as serotonin) which may be involved in causing the symptoms.

(The above excerpt is from Patient.UK webiste. for full article please clink on the link below)


Antidepressant Medications

What is Fluvoxamine? and SSRIs medications in general

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)


  1. Overview
  2. Cautions
  3. Dosage
  4. Side effects
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a widely used type of antidepressant.They’re mainly prescribed to treat depression, particularly persistent or severe cases, and are often used in combination with a talking therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

SSRIs are usually the first choice medication for depression because they generally have fewer side effects than most other types of antidepressant.

As well as depression, SSRIs can be used to treat a number of other mental health conditions, including:

(The above excerpt has been taken from NHS UK website, for reading the full article please click the link below).


Anxiety and Anxiety related problems

What is Health Anxiety Disorder

Health anxiety (sometimes called hypochondria) is when you spend so much time worrying you’re ill, or about getting ill, that it starts to take over your life.

You may have health anxiety if you:

  • constantly worry about your health
  • frequently check your body for signs of illness, such as lumps, tingling or pain
  • are always asking people for reassurance that you’re not ill
  • worry that your doctor or medical tests may have missed something
  • obsessively look at health information on the internet or in the media
  • avoid anything to do with serious illness, such as medical TV programmes
  • act as if you were ill (for example, avoiding physical activities)

Anxiety itself can cause symptoms like headaches or a racing heartbeat, and you may mistake these for signs of illness.


(The above excerpt is from NHS, UK website. For complete article visit NHS UK website at the link below)