Abused people had reduced brain volume in hippocampal complex, which is associated with memory and emotion processing. Substance abusers with these brain changes were more vulnerable to long-term addiction and severe relapses.
USA (PRWEB) June 25, 2014
As reported by Yale News (6/11), a new study by the Yale School of Medicine shows that childhood abuse can lead to drug abuse. The study illustrates that people who suffered from child abuse “had lower brain volumes in regions associated with emotion, learning, and memory.” In addition, people with a history of child abuse are also at a greater risk of relapsing from previous drug abuse.
The study examined brain scans of 175 substance-abuse patients and the scans showed “that abused people had reduced brain volume in hippocampal complex, which is associated with memory and emotion processing. Substance abusers with these brain changes were more vulnerable to long-term addiction and severe relapses.” Rajita Sinha, the Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry adds that these results can be useful in understanding which brain regions are effected by substance abuse so they can be treatable with medication and other methods.
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