Ep.67 – Substance Use Among Youths

My talk recently at the 5th ASEAN Region Primary Care Conference.

Topic for today:

  1. Challenges of dealing with youths/
  2. key concepts of addictions
  3. Substance affect on the brain
  4. Gateway Theory
  5. Cannabis Use
  6. Challenges / Solutions for treating youths

Dealing with 2 problems:

  1. the adolescences themselves
  2. they are at risk of developing substance abuse

They are looking for a sense of identity, individuality.

Substance are related to suicide.

Anything that can be made into liquid can be vaped.

Social Media and the Internet are easy access for youths to access substances.

Reduce stigma to let youths to approach family members and doctors (not peer age group)

Legal and Family issues.

Treatment needs to be tailored to the individual.

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Ep.62 – Porn Addiction

A form of behavioural addiction (most well known is gambling)

Hypersexual disorder

  • If you are viewing more than 4 hours a day and starting to feel guilt or shame
  • If you are having orgasm more than 7 times a week as results to viewing porn

Men have a higher risk of this addiction.

You might have an addiction if:

  • tried to stop but unable to do so (dyscontrol)
  • lot of time spent viewing (asocial)
  • compulsive viewing (even when you are not enjoying it)
  • withdrawal symptoms if not able to watch
  • viewing more specialty material

Struggling with porn addiction:

  • going out less
  • taking risk to watch
  • watching in public space

Affects:

  • spoilt relationships
  • unable to get an erection

Biology:

  • a link with dopamine
  • changes in part of brain
  • development in less active part of brain

Sometimes linked with depression and anxiety

We are now on Spotify!

Listen Now! >> Dr Amer Siddiq on Mental Health – Porn Addiction

Gaming Disorder

In Mandarin by my good friend Associate Professor Dr Anne Yee.

Now I admit I listened to it for 10 minutes, but due to my limited (very) and slow pick up of Mandarin I was lost for most of this conservation apart from when Dr Anne mentioned “tui” or correct but for what – I am unsure 😂.

Do listen and find out and maybe some one will be able to tell me.

For my trainees, a good revision on this new issue which we have seen in clinic and the ward in recent times.

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