Neuroanatomy of Addiction

Understanding the neuroanatomy of the reward pathway and related circuitry is important in psychiatry, as abnormalities in these pathways are known to have a role in disorders like substance abuse and pathological gambling.

In this post, we will compare the difference between addicted and non-addicted brain:

References:

  1. Gardner EL. Addiction and brain reward and antireward pathways. Adv Psychosom Med. 2011;30:22-60. (PDF)
  2. Taber KH, Black DN, Porrino LJ, Hurley RA. Neuroanatomy of dopamine: reward and addiction. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2012;24(1):1-4. (pubmed)

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