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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. The proportion of 60+ years with excessive alcohol intake varies in western countries between 6–16 % among men and 2–7 % among women. Specific events related to aging (e.g. loss of job, physical and mental cap...

    Authors: Kjeld Andersen, Michael P. Bogenschutz, Gerhard Bühringer, Silke Behrendt, Randi Bilberg, Barbara Braun, Claus Thorn Ekstrøm, Alyssa Forcehimes, Christine Lizarraga, Theresa B. Moyers and Anette Søgaard Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:280

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  2. Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:218

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    The original article was published in BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:156

  3. GHB dependence is a growing health problem in several western countries, especially the Netherlands. Attempts to stop using GHB are often followed by relapse shortly after successful detoxification. Craving fo...

    Authors: Rama M Kamal, Arnt Schellekens, Cornelis AJ De Jong and Boukje AG Dijkstra

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:91

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  4. Studies examining gambling preferences have identified the importance of the type of gambling practiced on distinct individual profiles. The objectives were to compare clinical, psychopathological and personal...

    Authors: Laura Moragas, Roser Granero, Randy Stinchfield, Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Frida Fröberg, Neus Aymamí, Mónica Gómez-Peña, Ana B Fagundo, Mohammed A Islam, Amparo del Pino-Gutiérrez, Zaida Agüera, Lamprini G Savvidou, Jon Arcelus, Gemma L Witcomb, Sarah Sauchelli, José M Menchón…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:86

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  5. Tobacco use is responsible for the death of about 1 in 10 individuals worldwide. Mindfulness training has shown preliminary efficacy as a behavioral treatment for smoking cessation. Recent advances in mobile h...

    Authors: Kathleen A Garrison, Prasanta Pal, Rahil Rojiani, Jesse Dallery, Stephanie S O’Malley and Judson A Brewer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:83

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  6. Khat is an evergreen plant with leaves containing the amphetamine-like compounds cathinone and cathine. Many people in the Horn of Africa use khat on a regular basis. Adverse health and social consequences of ...

    Authors: Matiwos Soboka, Markos Tesfaye, Garumma Tolu Feyissa and Charlotte Hanlon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:69

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  7. A seven-year follow-up of heroin dependent patients treated in a buprenorphine-maintenance program combining contracted work/education and low tolerance for non-prescribed drug use. Gender-specific differences...

    Authors: Leif Öhlin, Mats Fridell and Anna Nyhlén

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:56

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  8. Addiction constitutes a major public health problem, and despite treatment, relapse rates remain very high. Preliminary findings suggest that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-b...

    Authors: Wiebren Markus, Gerdien H de Weert – van Oene, Eni S Becker and Cor AJ DeJong

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:51

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  9. Resolving the theoretical controversy on the labeling of an increasing number of excessive behaviors as behavioral addictions may also be facilitated by more empirical data on these behavioral problems. For in...

    Authors: Barna Konkolÿ Thege, Erica M Woodin, David C Hodgins and Robert J Williams

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:4

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  10. We investigated whether beliefs about addiction being a ‘disease’ or ‘brain disease’, and holding certain beliefs about addiction aetiology, are associated with public views about addicted persons and support ...

    Authors: Carla Meurk, Adrian Carter, Brad Partridge, Jayne Lucke and Wayne Hall

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:373

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  11. Some high-risk (HR) mental states for psychosis may lack diagnostic specificity and predictive value. Furthermore, psychotic-like experiences found in young populations may act not only as markers for psychosi...

    Authors: Debra A Russo, Jan Stochl, Michelle Painter, Peter B Jones and Jesus Perez

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:361

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  12. Previous studies have indicated that early life adversity, genetic factors and alcohol dependence are associated with reduced brain volume in adolescents. However, data on the interactive effects of early life...

    Authors: Shareefa Dalvie, Dan J Stein, Karestan Koenen, Valerie Cardenas, Natalie L Cuzen, Raj Ramesar, George Fein and Samantha J Brooks

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:328

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  13. Despite considerable research on substance-abuse placement matching, evidence is still inconclusive. The aims of this exploratory trial are to evaluate (a) the effects of following matching guidelines on healt...

    Authors: Angela Buchholz, Anke Friedrichs, Michael Berner, Hans-Helmut König, Alexander Konnopka, Ludwig Kraus, Levente Kriston, Heinrich Küfner, Daniela Piontek, Fred Rist and Jeanette Röhrig

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:286

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  14. Although the prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD) with co-occurring attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is relatively high in adult patients, there is hardly...

    Authors: Linda M Kronenberg, Karin Slager-Visscher, Peter JJ Goossens, Wim van den Brink and Theo van Achterberg

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:264

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  15. An increasing number of studies suggest that physical activity can alleviate symptoms of ADHD in children. In adults there are currently insufficient data available on this subject. Interestingly, ADHD and for...

    Authors: Nikolas AA Berger, Astrid Müller, Elmar Brähler, Alexandra Philipsen and Martina de Zwaan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:250

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  16. There is abundant literature on how to distinguish problem gambling (PG) from social gambling, but there are very few studies of the long-term evolution of gambling practice. As a consequence, the correlates o...

    Authors: Gaëlle Challet-Bouju, Jean-Benoit Hardouin, Jean-Luc Vénisse, Lucia Romo, Marc Valleur, David Magalon, Mélina Fatséas, Isabelle Chéreau-Boudet, Mohamed-Ali Gorsane and Marie Grall-Bronnec

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:226

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  17. The temporo-spatial dynamics of risk assessment and reward processing in problem gamblers with a focus on an ecologically valid design has not been examined previously.

    Authors: Stephan F Miedl, Thorsten Fehr, Manfred Herrmann and Gerhard Meyer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:229

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  18. In South Africa, alcohol use poses a public health burden. Hazardous alcohol use often co-occurs with psychological distress (e.g., depression and post-traumatic stress). However, the majority of the research ...

    Authors: Laurie A Abler, Kathleen J Sikkema, Melissa H Watt, Lisa A Eaton, Karmel W Choi, Seth C Kalichman, Donald Skinner and Desiree Pieterse

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:224

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  19. This study evaluates the association between Internal Addiction (IA) and psychiatric co-morbidity in the literature.

    Authors: Roger C Ho, Melvyn WB Zhang, Tammy Y Tsang, Anastasia H Toh, Fang Pan, Yanxia Lu, Cecilia Cheng, Paul S Yip, Lawrence T Lam, Ching-Man Lai, Hiroko Watanabe and Kwok-Kei Mak

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:183

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  20. Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is associated with high rates of comorbid substance use disorders, and cigarette smoking has a particularly high prevalence in this population. However, th...

    Authors: Michael Liebrenz, Anja Frei, Carl Erik Fisher, Alex Gamma, Anna Buadze and Dominique Eich

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:141

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  21. Family-based intervention is essential for adolescents with behavioral problems. However, limited data are available on the relationship between family-based factors and adolescent internet addiction (AIA). We...

    Authors: Jian Xu, Li-xiao Shen, Chong-huai Yan, Howard Hu, Fang Yang, Lu Wang, Sudha Rani Kotha, Fengxiu Ouyang, Li-na Zhang, Xiang-peng Liao, Jun Zhang, Jin-song Zhang and Xiao-ming Shen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:112

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  22. It is assumed within the accumulated literature that children born of pregnant opioid dependent mothers have impaired neurobehavioral function as a consequence of chronic intrauterine opioid use.

    Authors: Alex Baldacchino, Kathleen Arbuckle, Dennis J Petrie and Colin McCowan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:104

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:134

  23. Compulsive buying has become a serious problem affecting a growing number of people in contemporary consumer societies. Nevertheless, research examining its prevalence in representative samples from the genera...

    Authors: José Manuel Otero-López and Estíbaliz Villardefrancos

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:101

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  24. Initiation of treatment for substance use disorders is low among young women from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, South Africa. Yet little is known about the factors that influence perceived need for t...

    Authors: Bronwyn Myers, Tracy L Kline, Irene A Doherty, Tara Carney and Wendee M Wechsberg

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:100

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  25. Our aim was to examine whether comorbid mood and anxiety disorders influence patterns of treatment or the perceived unmet need for treatment among those not receiving treatment for illegal drug use disorders.

    Authors: Maria Melchior, Elena Prokofyeva, Nadia Younès, Pamela J Surkan and Silvia S Martins

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:89

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  26. Integrated Treatment (IT) has proved effective in treating patients with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) co-occurring with severe Mental Disorders (MD), less is known about the effectiveness of IT for patients w...

    Authors: Linda E Wüsthoff, Helge Waal and Rolf W Gråwe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:67

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  27. Residential drug rehabilitation is often seen as a treatment of last resort for people with severe substance abuse issues. These clients present with more severe symptoms, and frequent psychiatric comorbiditie...

    Authors: Petra K Staiger, Michael Kyrios, James S Williams, Nicolas Kambouropoulos, Alexandra Howard and Stefan Gruenert

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:43

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  28. Anxiety, depressive and substance use disorders account for three quarters of the disability attributed to mental disorders and frequently co-occur. While programs for the prevention and reduction of symptoms ...

    Authors: Maree Teesson, Nicola C Newton, Tim Slade, Cath Chapman, Steve Allsop, Leanne Hides, Nyanda McBride, Louise Mewton, Zoe Tonks, Louise Birrell, Louise Brownhill and Gavin Andrews

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:32

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  29. A performance measurement system is planned for South African substance abuse treatment services. Provider-level barriers to implementing these systems have been identified in the United States, but little is ...

    Authors: Bronwyn Myers, Zainonisa Petersen, Rehana Kader, J Randy Koch, Ron Manderscheid, Rajen Govender and Charles DH Parry

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:31

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  30. US-based trials have shown that Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) not only reduces substance abuse among adolescents, but also decreases mental and behavioural disorder symptoms, most notably externalisin...

    Authors: Michael P Schaub, Craig E Henderson, Isidore Pelc, Peter Tossmann, Olivier Phan, Vincent Hendriks, Cindy Rowe and Henk Rigter

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:26

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  31. Involving patients in treatment is becoming increasingly popular in mental health [Sales & Alves: Personalized evaluation of psychological treatments: A review of tools and research designs, submitted]. Howeve...

    Authors: Paula CG Alves, Célia MD Sales and Mark Ashworth

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:337

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  32. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is associated with an increased risk of co-existing substance abuse. The Swedish legislation on compulsory healthcare can be applied to persons with severe subst...

    Authors: Berit Bihlar Muld, Jussi Jokinen, Sven Bölte and Tatja Hirvikoski

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:336

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  33. In European countries, including Switzerland, as well as in many states worldwide, cannabis is the most widely used psychoactive substance after alcohol and tobacco. Although approximately one in ten users dev...

    Authors: Michael P Schaub, Severin Haug, Andreas Wenger, Oliver Berg, Robin Sullivan, Thilo Beck and Lars Stark

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:305

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  34. According to previous studies, one of the common problems of everyday life of persons with tattoos is risky behavior. However, direct examination of the decision making process, as well as factors which determ...

    Authors: Semion Kertzman, Alex Kagan, Michael Vainder, Rina Lapidus and Abraham Weizman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:278

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  35. Opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) is associated with reduced crime among heroin users, but little is known about how crime changes during different phases of treatment. The aim of this study was to investigat...

    Authors: Anne Bukten, Jo Røislien, Svetlana Skurtveit, Helge Waal, Michael Gossop and Thomas Clausen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:262

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  36. Research has shown that treatments that solely addressed intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration were not very effective in reducing IPV, possibly due to neglecting individual differences between IPV perp...

    Authors: Fleur L Kraanen, Ellen Vedel, Agnes Scholing and Paul MG Emmelkamp

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:189

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  37. Traumatic experiences and, more specifically, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are highly prevalent among substance use disorder (SUD) patients. This comorbidity is associated with worse treatment outcomes...

    Authors: Tim Kok, Hein A de Haan, Margreet van der Meer, Lisa M Najavits and Cor AJ DeJong

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:162

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  38. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently co-occurs with substance use disorders (SUD). The combination of ADHD and SUD is associated with a negative prognosis of both SUD and ADHD. Pharmacolo...

    Authors: Katelijne van Emmerik–van Oortmerssen, Ellen Vedel, Maarten W Koeter, Kim de Bruijn, Jack J M Dekker, Wim van den Brink and Robert A Schoevers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:132

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  39. The prevalence of substance use in people acutely admitted to in-patient psychiatric wards is high and the patients` duration of stay is limited. Motivational interviewing is a method with evidence based effec...

    Authors: Gunnhild Bagøien, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Christine Østensen, Solveig Klæbo Reitan, Pål Romundstad and Gunnar Morken

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:93

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  40. ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that persists into adulthood. Its symptoms cause impairments in a number of social domains, one of which is employment. We wish to produce a consensus statement on ...

    Authors: Marios Adamou, Muhammad Arif, Philip Asherson, Tar-Ching Aw, Blanca Bolea, David Coghill, Gísli Guðjónsson, Anne Halmøy, Paul Hodgkins, Ulrich Müller, Mark Pitts, Anna Trakoli, Nerys Williams and Susan Young

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:59

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  41. Medication non-adherence has an important impact on treatment efficacy and healthcare burden across a range of conditions and therapeutic areas. The aim of this analysis was to determine predictors of non-adhe...

    Authors: J J Sandra Kooij, Michael Rösler, Alexandra Philipsen, Sandra Wächter, Joachim Dejonckheere, Annemarie van der Kolk, Michel van Agthoven and Barbara Schäuble

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:36

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  42. Assessment of comorbid personality disorders (PDs) in patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) is challenging due to symptom overlap, additional mental and physical disorders, and limitations of the assess...

    Authors: Anne-Marit Langås, Ulrik Fredrik Malt and Stein Opjordsmoen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:180

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  43. While there is increasing evidence on the association between cannabis use and psychotic outcomes, it is still unclear whether this also applies to depression. We aim to assess whether risk of depression and o...

    Authors: Edison Manrique-Garcia, Stanley Zammit, Christina Dalman, Tomas Hemmingsson and Peter Allebeck

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:112

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  44. Little research has examined attitudes towards people who use substances in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Therefore, the present study examined the attributions made by the general South African popu...

    Authors: Katherine Sorsdahl, Dan J Stein and Bronwyn Myers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:101

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