New review proposes neuroscience-based framework for diagnosis of addictive disorders

Published on August 2, 2016 at 8:10 AM Proposed by new review in Biological Psychiatry When it comes to an addictive disorder, you either have it or you don’t. But this dichotomous nature of the diagnosis fails to recognize the complexity and diversity of addiction’s origins and manifestation in people. A new review in Biological Psychiatry proposes an Addictions Neuroclinical Assessment (ANA) to incorporate more clinical information into the diagnosis of addictive disorders. According to first author Laura Kwako from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland, although treatment options exist, capitalizing on the burgeoning knowledge of the neurobiological origins of addiction could help find treatments that address the diversity within the addiction diagnosis. The ANA is an effort to meet the need for a neuroscience-based…


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