Addiction Psychiatry & Mental Health

Addiction is a primary, chronic disorder of brain which reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these areas leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in one’s pathologically pursuing reward or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by inability to continuously maintain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, lack recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and causes interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic disorder, addiction always involves cycles of relapse and re admission. If addiction is not treating early it may result to other diseases and premature death of an individual.

Mental health may have different meaning to different people. Person may think of control, happiness, contentment, order – but good mental health is often a sign of a positive way of living. Whereby mental ill health is the opposite of this, which causes problems and creates barriers to being happy in society.