Brains: agitated for obsession

According to scientists at the University of Cambridge Abnormalities in the brain may make some people more likely to become drug addicts. Both the addicts and the non-addict siblings had the same abnormalities in the region of the brain which controls behavior, the fronto-striatal systems. Many specialists believe these findings open up new avenues for treatment

According to Dr Paul Keedwell, a consultant psychiatrist at Cardiff University, Addiction, like most psychiatric disorders, is the product of nature and nurture. Experts were unconfident whether drugs altered the cabling of the brain or if drug addicts' brains were wired differently in the first position

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