Contributor: Mark S. Gold, M.D., Professor, Washington University School of Medicine – Department of Psychiatry Drug Use Changes The Brain Pleasure Systems Drug addiction is defined by self-administration, compulsive drug-seeking, drug-rationing, and loss of control . Chronic use itself may be followed by anhedonia, the emergence of a profoundly painful and negative emotional state . I [...] Read More
Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Unhealthy alcohol use is defined as a spectrum of behaviors, ranging from risky drinking to alcohol use disorder (AUD), by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). It is the third leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States. The recent USPSTF update to the 2013 recommendation [...] Read More
Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Physicians are dying at much higher rates of suicide than the general population. Due to job stresses and barriers to treatment, resident physicians are more likely to undergo depression. So, how should Physician Mental Health Screenings be addressed? A recently published article discusses the importance of mental health [...] Read More
Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Vaporization has emerged an increasingly popular method for consuming cannabis. As more and more states continue to legalize cannabis for not just medicinal but recreational purposes as well, underage users are increasing. Teens vaping nicotine or cannabis are at greater risk for addiction and other associated consequences. A [...] Read More
Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Recently released and revised medication-assisted treatments (MAT) have been an important area of research to counter the present opioid epidemic. MATs have helped patients in their recovery. It is the administration of opioid agonists (methadone, buprenorphine, oxycodone), antagonists (naltrexone, naloxone), and combinations of the two (buprenorphine/naloxone). While shown [...] Read More
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