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PHOTO BY TOM CROKE
Karen A. Holler, Ph.D., neuropsychologist at Bradley Hospital’s Children’s Inpatient Unit, and pediatric neuropsychologist at Butler Hospital in Rhode Island notes that attention deficit hyperactive disorder can be linked to brain function.

Brain, mental health link studied

By Phyllis Hanlon

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) five years ago re-defined addiction as a chronic brain disorder, not just a behavioral issue. “The theory seems to have a lot of validity. Addiction changes areas in the brain related to motivation and primacy of reinforcement for salience,” said Michael M. Miller, M.D., past president of ASAM, medical director of the Herrington Recovery Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin and chair of the committee that issued the new definition. Other research is now exploring a connection between the brain and mental health diagnoses. Genetics is one of the risk factors that [More]

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