psychoactive drug

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psychoactive drug

Substance abuse An agent that provides pleasure or ameliorates pain, and may cause physical dependence and tolerance, with a tendency to ↑ dose in order to achieve the same effect; use of non-prescribed psychoactive agents may be 'social' or casual, or evolve into frank addiction; in descending order of addictive potential cocaine/'crack', amphetamines, opiates, nicotine, alcohol, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, cannabis, hallucinogens, caffeine Therapeutics An agent that improves the ability to function appropriately in clinical settings–eg, psych ward, nursing home Types Antidepressants–eg, desipramine, nortryptyline, antipsychotics–eg, haloperidol, thioridazine, benzodiazepines–eg, lorazepam, diazepam, and other hypnotics–eg, diphenhydramine

psy·cho·ac·tive drug

(sīkō-aktiv drŭg)
Pharmacotherapeutic agent that possesses action to alter mood, behavior, cognitive processes, or mental stress.
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A recent study showed that many arrested drivers lacked a valid prescription for the psychoactive medication identified in their blood, and in some cases 50% of those apprehended seemingly obtained the medication illegally [224].
The text demonstrates that mental health care in the vertical environment of the socio-educational system of the State of Rio Grande do Sul is associated with the high prevalence of diagnosis and use of psychoactive medication. This high prevalence seems to indicate that sanctions of deprivation of liberty for infractions may favor, in the vertical environment, medicalization and pharmaceuticalization decisions that affect the rights of adolescents in the field of mental health (23).
The use of any psychoactive medication is found to decline after public reporting by 2.04 percentage points, but there is no statistical difference by reporting status.
Among the elderly, factors that contribute to falls include dementia, visual impairment, neurologic and musculoskeletal disabilities, psychoactive medications, and difficulties in gait and balance.[11,12] Environmental hazards such as slippery surfaces, uneven floors, poor lighting, loose rugs, unstable furniture, and objects on floors may also play a role.[1]
Parents need complete information when psychoactive medication is recommended as part of their child's treatment plan.
"Although we tell owners to ignore attention-seeking completely with younger dogs, that is not always true with older dogs, especially those with cognitive dysfunction because they may become more anxious." You can comfort them and use neutraceuticals and psychoactive medication to reduce their anxiety.
As an efficacious alternative to treatment by psychoactive medication, the expected clinical outcomes include normalized social behaviour and improved school performance.ADHD@Home delivers physiological lasting normalization of brain activity, using the child s endogenous neuronal plasticity, to resolve his or her attention and hyperactivity problems.
Besides being younger than 6 years old and having an official diagnosis of autism, children in the study must not be taking psychoactive medication or pharmaceutical chelation therapy, have chronic disability or be receiving more than five hours per week of intensive behavioral treatment, such as applied behavior analysis, for their autism.
According to the CDC, the finding is largely due to overdose deaths involving prescription opioid painkiilers, a type of psychoactive medication.
Men may fear taking psychoactive medication for many reasons, thinking thai they will be changed by the drugs into a less effective person, unable to address and resolve the various situations in their lives.
Children could not participate if they were treated with another psychoactive medication or had coexisting psychiatric disorders, conduct disorder, developmental delay, mental retardation, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
The onset of math troubles long before exposure to psychoactive medication underscores Kutcher's suspicion that brain changes associated with bipolar illness disturb math reasoning.

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