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Why aren't any advancements being made in physically diagnosing Bipolar and other psychiatric disorders?

Short Answer Science is hard, brains are complicated, and the premises of your question that there is not work being done or advancements in this area is false. Longer Answer There is no known ...
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Is it dangerous to take an antipsychotic drug irregularly?

Haldol (haloperidol) is mainly known for its antipsychotic properties to treat schizophrenia. It's an aged antipsychotic with a lot of side effects. Because of this, haloperidol is nowadays mostly ...
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Popular science books introducing therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs

Yes, the psychedelic Renaissance/ third wave (as I've heard it being called) is steadily gaining momentum. I almost feel like mentioning How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan here is too obvious, ...
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How addictive is Heroine?

"The United Nations World Drug Report 2013 estimated that approximately 16.5 million people worldwide aged 15 or older used heroin or opium. Of these users, approximately 23% are estimated to develop ...
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Does the use of cannabis affect the ability to recall dreams?

Current research tells us that yes, cannabis will affect the ability to recall dreams. As for the negative - positive outcomes, it seems to be subjective. One of the few researchers in this field, ...
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Csikszentmihalyi on drugs and their effect

Do note that he says in the very next paragraph Some people will disagree strongly with this description of how drugs affect the mind. After all, for the past quarter-century we have been ...
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Csikszentmihalyi on drugs and their effect

Freely translated, the author says that... "Doing drugs is fine when performed under the guidance of experts in traditional, ritual contexts. Drugs reduce our perception of what is possible, and they ...
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Long term cocaine use and personality change - Scientific references?

I couldn't find a longitudinal study on this, which would be direct evidence, but it seems plausible due to circumstantial evidence: Just taking a dose to lowers the perception of facial sadness (...
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Smoking and cognitive abilities

Smoking is associated with reduced memory and with decline in cognitive function over the long term. Compared to people who continue smoking, people who stop smoking sooner have less decline. From ...
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What exactly does paranoid mean in terms of psychoactive drugs?

Studies have shown that strong doses of THC can significantly increase paranoid thinking. See the article, "How Cannabis Causes Paranoia: Using the Intravenous Administration THC to Identify Key ...
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Are many anticonvulsants just coincidentally also psychoactive?

Note: I have epilepsy, and have been taking anticonvulsants for the best part of 2 decades. I've stumbled across this post after researching some things related to recent changes in side-effects, ...
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Childhood IQ and pattern of drug use in adulthood

I don't know how reproducible those findings are, but this study (Schretlen, van der Hulst, Pearlson, & Gordon, 2010) found a moderate association between fluid intelligence and openness to ...
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Childhood IQ and pattern of drug use in adulthood

First, thank you bringing that White et al. (2009) paper to my attention -- I am currently accumulating a whole bunch of cohort studies focusing on cognitive epidemiology, or health outcomes ...
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Why does an addict always remain one?

Short answer, which is one of many: One interesting hypothesis about this is the "reward hijacking" model. Essentially, when somebody becomes addicted their reward circuits become hypersensitive to ...
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How addictive is Heroine?

Short answer Addicition is defined as: repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable ...
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Why aren't any advancements being made in physically diagnosing Bipolar and other psychiatric disorders?

Because it's not as easy at it may seem. There is no direct biological distinguishment of any kind in such a case. It's like some prefer red, some prefer blue, some like both equally. In order to ...
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Why aren't any advancements being made in physically diagnosing Bipolar and other psychiatric disorders?

I could be wrong, since I'm not a doctor and all, but it's my understanding based on about ten years of studying issues like bipolar disorder online that to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as well ...
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Does a general impairment test exist, that specifically would be useful for the context of driving?

In light of this - has any general impairment test - that perhaps tests reaction times or some other metric, that can be administered at a roadside, been developed? Yes. I believe it is called the ...
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Will smoking marijuana lightly during teens cause developmental damage to the brain?

It is impossible to say with any degree of certainty whether a given individual will or will not suffer from any consequences of any amount of marijuana consumption, so we'll have to use the ...
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Is fasting an effective method to overcome substance addictions?

Is it true that any addiction can be overcome with the skills learnt by fasting? Perhaps for some people, but different people have different levels of craving for food and other pleasurable ...
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Can anticholinergics like benztropine be used to treat Catatonia?

Anticholinergics by themselves commonly have sedative effects. The reason you read about benztropine being used is that it has dopaminergic activity as well (in addition to anticholinergic activity). ...
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What exactly does paranoid mean in terms of psychoactive drugs?

When I read this word in context, I imagined somebody being afraid of getting caught. I would say that in the context of Marihuana, and modern parlance, the phenomenology of what we might call "...
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Are neural adaptation and drug tolerance to psychoactive drugs related?

Drug tolerance can be generally defined as A condition that occurs when the body gets used to a medicine so that either more medicine is needed or different medicine is needed. Tolerance to drugs ...
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How to take advantage of the withdrawal symptoms of antidopaminergics?

This is not an a totally absurd proposal if dosage and time-related issues weren't a factor, but it is rife with practical difficulties otherwise. In schizophrenia patients, what you're talking about ...
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What is the name of the tendency to portray oneself in the positive light?

One particularly fitting term is impression management. From Wikipedia: Impression management is a conscious or subconscious process in which people attempt to influence the perceptions of other ...
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What is the most ideal way to study the effect of a drug on a person over time?

I don't think it's possible to say any approach is "most ideal"; every approach has drawbacks and benefits, but these are not measurable on the same scale. Comparing the alternatives is ...
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The differences between sensory distortions and hallucinations

The differences between illusion and hallucinations are quite clear and have been known for over 100 years. For example, hallucinations are when you see things in total darkness or hear things when ...
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How to take advantage of the withdrawal symptoms of antidopaminergics?

Short answer Taking dopamine antagonists leads to serious side effects, and stopping taking them leads to other, equally nasty side effects. None of them include happiness or feeling energized. ...
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Why aren't any advancements being made in physically diagnosing Bipolar and other psychiatric disorders?

From https://neurosciencenews.com/depression-bipolar-blood-test-18197/: A new blood test can distinguish the severity of a person’s depression and their risk for developing severe depression at a ...
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Does a general impairment test exist, that specifically would be useful for the context of driving?

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, CTC & Associates provides technical communications services for the transportation sector, and together with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), they ...
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