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Substance-related disorders, addiction and impulse control

Section edited by Morten Hesse

This section encompasses a range of substance related conditions, alongside addiction and impulse control. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, problem/pathological gambling, substance abuse, alcohol and drug disorders, impulsive and antisocial behaviors, cannabis disorders and behavioral economics.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Harmful use of alcohol is a global public health problem. Differences in alcohol consumption patterns may add valuable information to the design of public health interventions to prevent excessive use of alcoh...

    Authors: Tara Ballav Adhikari, Anupa Rijal, Per Kallestrup and Dinesh Neupane

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:283

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    National Institute of alcohol and alcoholism define Problem/risky use of alcohol as drinking in a way that can negatively impact our health and life, but the body is not physically dependent on the substance. ...

    Authors: Abate Dargie Wubetu, Surafel Habte and Kefyalew Dagne

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:250

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol telephone helplines targeting alcohol consumers in the general population can extend the reach of brief interventions while preserving in-person counselling. So far, studies of client outcomes in the s...

    Authors: Eleonor Säfsten, Yvonne Forsell, Mats Ramstedt, Kerstin Damström Thakker and Maria Rosaria Galanti

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:213

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Chronic cocaine use is associated with cognitive deficits, including poor performance on neuropsychological tasks of memory, executive functions, theory of mind and decision-making. However, the relationship b...

    Authors: Thiago Wendt Viola, João Paulo Otolia Niederauer, Bruno Kluwe-Schiavon, Breno Sanvicente-Vieira and Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:211

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Internet addiction (IA) has emerged as a public health concern, particularly among adolescents and young adults. However, few studies have been conducted in medical students. This multi-center study aimed to i...

    Authors: Meng Shi and Tian Jiao Du

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:183

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  6. Content type: Research article

    We need to better understand how the use of different substances and psychiatric comorbidity influence premature death generally and cause-specific death by overdose, intoxication and somatic disorders in peop...

    Authors: Mats Fridell, Martin Bäckström, Morten Hesse, Peter Krantz, Sean Perrin and Anna Nyhlén

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:150

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Khat is an amphetamine like psychostimulant chewed by over 10 million people globally. Khat use is thought to increase the risk of psychosis among its chewers. The evidence around this however remains inconclu...

    Authors: Linnet Ongeri, Fredrick Kirui, Erastus Muniu, Veronica Manduku, Leah Kirumbi, Lukoye Atwoli, Safari Agure, Peter Wanzala, Lydia Kaduka, Mercy Karimi, Richard Mutisya, Elizabeth Echoka, Joseph Mutai, David Mathu and Charles Mbakaya

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:137

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  8. Content type: Research article

    This study investigated cause of death, mortality rates and explored if baseline characteristics were associated with risk of death in patients with alcohol use disorder alone or poly-substance use disorders.

    Authors: Arne Jan Hjemsæter, Jørgen G. Bramness, Robert Drake, Ivar Skeie, Bent Monsbakken, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth and Anne S. Landheim

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:101

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have provided evidence that alcohol-dependent patients have abnormality in corpus callosum (CC); however, it is unclear whether micro-structural integrity of the CC subregions is differentiall...

    Authors: Yajun Wang, Xiaohu Li, Cun Zhang, Haibao Wang, Zipeng Li, Jiajia Zhu and Yongqiang Yu

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:96

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Hazardous alcohol use has often been found to be more prevalent amongst psychiatric outpatients than the general population. Additionally, it has also been associated with poorer outcomes. The study aimed to i...

    Authors: Laxman Cetty, Shazana Shahwan, Pratika Satghare, Fiona Devi, Boon Yiang Chua, Swapna Verma, Helen Lee, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:91

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Executive functioning impairment is common in substance use disorder and is a major risk factor for poor treatment outcomes, including treatment drop-out and relapse. Cognitive remediation interventions seek t...

    Authors: Jamie Berry, Isabella Jacomb, Jo Lunn, Antoinette Sedwell, Anthony Shakeshaft, Peter J Kelly, Pooria Sarrami, Megan James, Skye Russell, Talia Nardo, Daniel Barker and Jennifer Holmes

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:70

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Smoking has played a significant role in the historical culture of mental healthcare settings. Mental health professionals (MHPs) often hold dismissive attitudes regarding the importance of smoking cessation i...

    Authors: Charlie Albert Smith, Ann McNeill, Loren Kock and Lion Shahab

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:54

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  13. Content type: Research article

    No study has examined the prevalence of tobacco, other substance use, and symptoms of anxiety and depression, and rates of comorbidities among the orthopaedic trauma population, despite the impact they have on...

    Authors: Sam McCrabb, Amanda L. Baker, John Attia, Zsolt J. Balogh, Natalie Lott, Kerrin Palazzi, Justine Naylor, Ian A. Harris, Christopher M. Doran, Johnson George, Luke Wolfenden, Eliza Skelton and Billie Bonevski

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:28

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Controlling drinking behaviour requires the ability to block out distracting alcohol cues in situations in which drinking is inappropriate or harmful. However, at present few studies have investigated whether ...

    Authors: Timo Lehmann Kvamme, Kristine Rømer Thomsen, Mette Buhl Callesen, Nuria Doñamayor, Mads Jensen, Mads Uffe Pedersen and Valerie Voon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:354

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Substance use disorders are a major contributor to the economic and healthcare burden in Australia. Therapeutic communities (TCs) are utilised treatment methods globally, though low program completion rates co...

    Authors: Tarran Prangley, Sabrina Winona Pit, Trent Rees and Jessica Nealon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:301

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Substance use amongst university students is a recognized problem worldwide. Few studies have been carried out in this group in Botswana. These studies have been mostly limited to the use of alcohol and tobacc...

    Authors: Anthony A. Olashore, Olorunfemi Ogunwobi, Eden Totego and Philip R. Opondo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:270

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Substance use disorders are a major cause of health and social problems worldwide. Research evidence shows a strong graded relationship of adverse childhood experiences and substance use in adulthood. This stu...

    Authors: Sarah Kanana Kiburi, Keneilwe Molebatsi, Anne Obondo and Mary W. Kuria

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:197

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  18. Content type: Research article

    In 2013, an Integrated Care Pathway (ICP) for concurrent Major Depressive (MDD) and Alcohol Use (AUD) Disorders was developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The...

    Authors: Andriy V. Samokhvalov, Charlotte Probst, Saima Awan, Tony P. George, Bernard Le Foll, Peter Voore and Jürgen Rehm

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:189

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    High frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (HF-rTMS) has gained interest as a neuromodulation treatment technique for alcohol dependence. Single sessions of HF-rTMS have consistently shown to ...

    Authors: Renée S. Schluter, Ruth J. van Holst and Anna E. Goudriaan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:169

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    The cannabis extract nabiximols (Sativex®) effectively supresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings in treatment resistant cannabis dependent individuals, who have high relapse rates following conventional withd...

    Authors: Anjali K. Bhardwaj, David J. Allsop, Jan Copeland, Iain S. McGregor, Adrian Dunlop, Marian Shanahan, Raimondo Bruno, Nghi Phung, Mark Montebello, Craig Sadler, Jessica Gugusheff, Melissa Jackson, Jennifer Luksza and Nicholas Lintzeris

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:140

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) is a non-invasive method of stimulating widespread cortical areas and, presumably, deeper neural networks. The current study assessed the effects of DTMS in the tr...

    Authors: Karina Karolina Kedzior, Imke Gerkensmeier and Maria Schuchinsky

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:137

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Many studies reported the high prevalence of problematic internet use (PIU) among adolescents (13–50%), and PIU was associated with various psychiatric symptoms. In contrast, only a few studies investigated th...

    Authors: Hille T. de Vries, Takashi Nakamae, Kenji Fukui, Damiaan Denys and Jin Narumoto

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:9

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 3% of people receiving opioid substitution therapy (OST) in the UK manage to achieve abstinence from prescribed and illicit drugs within three years of commencing treatment. Involvement of famili...

    Authors: Ed Day, Alex Copello, Jennifer L. Seddon, Marilyn Christie, Deborah Bamber, Charlotte Powell, Carmel Bennett, Shabana Akhtar, Sanju George, Andrew Ball, Emma Frew, Ilias Goranitis and Nick Freemantle

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:8

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to compare sociodemographic characteristics, patterns of drug use, and risky sexual behaviour among female and male users of crack cocaine.

    Authors: Rafael Alves Guimarães, Vivianne de Oliveira Landgraf de Castro, Sandra Maria do Valle Leone de Oliveira, Andréa Cristina Stabile, Ana Rita Coimbra Motta-Castro, Megmar Aparecida dos Santos Carneiro, Lyriane Apolinário Araujo, Karlla Antonieta Amorim Caetano, Marcos André de Matos and Sheila Araujo Teles

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:412

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent suicidal behavior may consist of different symptoms, including suicidal ideation, suicidal planning and suicidal attempts. Adolescent substance use behavior may contribute to adolescent suicidal beh...

    Authors: Peng-Wei Wang and Cheng-Fang Yen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:392

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Anger and aggression have been developing notably in societies, especially among patients depending on substance abuse. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effect of anger management based on group ...

    Authors: Ladan Zarshenas, Mehdi Baneshi, Farkhondeh Sharif and Ebrahim Moghimi Sarani

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:375

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Little research has examined the potential protective influence of religiosity against problem gambling; a common addictive behavior, and one with a host of associated negative health and social outcomes. The ...

    Authors: Seema Mutti-Packer, David C. Hodgins, Robert J. Williams and Barna Konkolÿ Thege

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:356

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  28. Content type: Research article

    A randomized controlled study (RCT) recently showed that short-term heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in addition to standard rehabilitation care for alcohol dependence can reduce craving, anxiety and i...

    Authors: Ana Isabel Penzlin, Kristian Barlinn, Ben Min-Woo Illigens, Kerstin Weidner, Martin Siepmann and Timo Siepmann

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:325

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  29. Content type: Research article

    This study examined how alcohol use disorder (AUD) patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differed from those without PTSD in terms of demography, drinking patterns and C-reactive protein, inflamm...

    Authors: Sudan Prasad Neupane, Jørgen G. Bramness and Lars Lien

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:312

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  30. Content type: Research article

    To analyze, in a multilevel context, the impact of individual-level relationship satisfaction on couples’ mean reports of aggression and agreement about acts of physical and psychological aggression.

    Authors: José Luis Graña, María Luisa Cuenca and Natalia Redondo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:295

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  31. Content type: Research article

    People with severe mental ill health are more likely to smoke than those in the general population. It is therefore important that effective smoking cessation strategies are used to help people with severe men...

    Authors: Emily Peckham, Sally Brabyn, Liz Cook, Garry Tew and Simon Gilbody

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:252

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Polydrug abuse is a known problem among opioid-dependent patients receiving opioid maintenance treatment (OMT). However, improved laboratory diagnostics is required to reveal polydrug abuse in its current scop...

    Authors: Pertti Kalevi Heikman, Leea Hellevi Muhonen and Ilkka Antero Ojanperä

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:245

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Families have an important role supporting a family member with problematic substance use (PSU), although this can often be challenging and confronting. Previous research has identified high rates of family ag...

    Authors: Terence V. McCann, Dan I. Lubman, Gayelene Boardman and Mollie Flood

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:209

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Prolonged Internet use is often associated with reduced social involvement and comorbid psychopathologies, including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and obsessive–compulsive diso...

    Authors: Roseline Kim Fong Yong, Akiomi Inoue and Norito Kawakami

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:201

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  35. Content type: Research article

    A large proportion of individuals with alcohol problems do not seek psychological treatment, but access to such treatment could potentially be increased by delivering it over the Internet. Cognitive behavior t...

    Authors: Christopher Sundström, Martin Kraepelien, Niels Eék, Claudia Fahlke, Viktor Kaldo and Anne H. Berman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:197

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    The automatic tendency to attend to and focus on substance-related cues in the environment (attentional bias), has been found to contribute to the persistence of addiction. Attentional bias modification (ABM) ...

    Authors: Janika Heitmann, Madelon E. van Hemel-Ruiter, Karin M. Vermeulen, Brian D. Ostafin, Colin MacLeod, Reinout W. Wiers, Laura DeFuentes-Merillas, Martine Fledderus, Wiebren Markus and Peter J. de Jong

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:193

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Excessive alcohol use has been associated with health, social and legal problems. Alcohol-related problems have been studied primarily in problem-drinker patients, with few studies on their family members, par...

    Authors: Chen-Chun Lin, Yun-Fang Tsai, Wen-Ling Yeh, Jung-Ta Kao and Ching-Yen Chen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:189

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Published diagnostic questionnaires for gambling disorder in German are either based on DSM-III criteria or focus on aspects other than life time prevalence. This study was designed to assess the usability of ...

    Authors: Martin Wejbera, Kai W. Müller, Jan Becker and Manfred E. Beutel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:188

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  39. Content type: Research article

    There is little research of psychiatric comorbidity differences among people with different types of drug dependence in Chinese population. We explored demographic and comorbid psychiatric differences among me...

    Authors: Huixi Dong, Mei Yang, Liang Liu, Chenxi Zhang, Mengqi Liu, Yidong Shen, Huanzhong Liu and Wei Hao

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:183

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Studies on alcohol consumption in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and determinants of alcohol consumption in rural western Kenya. The study was conduc...

    Authors: Risa Takahashi, Calistus Wilunda, Karani Magutah, Wanja Mwaura-Tenambergen, Boniface Wilunda and Usaneya Perngparn

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:175

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to systematically summarize knowledge on the association between exposure to interpersonal trauma and addictive behaviors. Extant reviews on this association focused on a restricted r...

    Authors: Barna Konkolÿ Thege, Lewis Horwood, Linda Slater, Maria C. Tan, David C. Hodgins and T. Cameron Wild

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:164

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Alcohol use disorder and depression occur commonly in the community. Even though this high-prevalence comorbidity is associated with poorer posttreatment outcomes and greater utilization of costly treatment se...

    Authors: Alena Becker, Anna M. Ehret and Peter Kirsch

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:153

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Recently, khat chewing has become a common practice among high school, college, and university students. Regular khat chewing is thought to be a predisposing factor for different physical and mental health pro...

    Authors: Tilahun Abdeta, Daniel Tolessa, Kristina Adorjan and Mubarek Abera

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:142

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  44. Content type: Study protocol

    Smoking is an important risk factor for mental health-related problems. Numerous studies have supported a bi-directional association between cigarette smoking and depression. Despite the advances in understand...

    Authors: Elisardo Becoña, Carmela Martínez-Vispo, Carmen Senra, Ana López-Durán, Rubén Rodríguez-Cano and Elena Fernández del Río

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:134

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Responsible gambling (RG) is defined as gambling for pleasure and entertainment but with an awareness of the likelihood of losing, an understanding of the associated risks and the ability to exercise control o...

    Authors: Mythily Subramaniam, Pratika Satghare, Janhavi A. Vaingankar, Louisa Picco, Colette J. Browning, Siow Ann Chong and Shane A. Thomas

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:124

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. However, it is unclear whether EMDR shows the same effectiveness in patients with substance use disorders (SUD) and...

    Authors: Ingo Schäfer, Laycen Chuey-Ferrer, Arne Hofmann, Peter Lieberman, Günter Mainusch and Annett Lotzin

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:95

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Patient experiences are an important aspect of health care quality, but there is a lack of validated instruments for their measurement in the substance dependence literature. A new questionnaire to measure inp...

    Authors: Mona Haugum, Hilde Hestad Iversen, Oyvind Bjertnaes and Anne Karin Lindahl

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:73

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Despite clinical practice guidelines recommending the routine provision of nicotine dependence treatment to smokers in inpatient psychiatric facilities, the prevalence of such treatment provision is low. The a...

    Authors: Paula M. Wye, Emily A. Stockings, Jenny A. Bowman, Chris Oldmeadow and John H. Wiggers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:56

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