By Lianne Warburton
Amphetamines, together with crystal meth, are the various robust and addictive medicines to be had. Their illicit use has devastated groups all over the place North the United States. This identify explores the technological know-how and heritage in the back of widespread stimulants, and offers information regarding habit and treatment plans.
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Stimulants also may affect the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Serotonin levels can affect how hungry you are, how aggressive or angry you are, how well you sleep, and your general mood. Higher levels of serotonin make you feel good. They also can lead to changes in vision or make physical contact feel better than it usually does. Large amounts of serotonin are released in the brain when people use Ecstasy. Amphetamines have a powerful effect on the brain because they are chemically similar to the brain’s neurotransmitters.
If someone is impulsive, he or she does things before thinking about what might happen next. A young person with ADHD might get into trouble with his or her parents or teachers because that young person does not think before he or she acts. For a doctor to diagnose ADHD, symptoms must have lasted for at least six months, and must have started before a child reached the age of seven. The symptoms must affect a person’s ability to act normally at school and with friends. Finally, the symptoms must be present when a person is in at least two different places, such as at home and at school.
This means that they usually do not do well at work or at school. • Drug users tend to experience memory loss. They also have problems with abstract thinking. This makes it hard for them to learn and do their jobs. HEALTH CARE • Health care represents the largest direct cost of drug abuse for society. • In the United States, hospitalizations due to drug use increased by more than 30% between 1988 and 1995. (continues on page 64) 63 64 aMphetaMines and other stiMulants (continued from page 63) • • People on drugs are more likely to have certain illnesses that are expensive to treat.