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    Why does alcohol change behavior?

    Alcohol is known throughout society to cause “disinhibition,” in which a person’s feelings and thoughts are no longer under the same amount of restraint as they used to be. The cortex, which is considered the “responsible” or “thoughtful” part of the brain, shows less activity when inebriated. More specifically, the frontal cortex, which is responsible… Read More

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    The genetics of chemical dependence

    Typically, physicians and clinicians point to the mesolimbic dopamine system as the area that makes somebody chemically addicted to a substance. Why do some people get addicted to certain drugs, while other people who have used the drug before do not? The answer is complex, but the vast majority of researchers on addiction do agree… Read More

  • Parents comforting each other against empty-nest syndrome

    Empty Nest Syndrome

    While empty nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis, it’s often followed by symptoms similar to depression. Parents tend to experience empty nest syndrome when their last child leaves home. While parents work hard to raise independent adults, letting go is painful and emotionally taxing. What are the symptoms of empty nest syndrome? Empty nest syndrome… Read More

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