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What is Substance Use Disorder

Handbook of Research on Developing Competencies for Pre-Health Professional Students, Advisors, and Programs
A mental disorder that impacts an individual’s behavior and results in an inability to control the use of legal or illegal substances such as alcohol, medications, or illegal drugs (National Institutes on Mental Health, 2021).
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Common Academic Stress Points and Mental Health Concerns Among Pre-Health and Health Science Students
Patrick G. Corr (The George Washington University, USA), Mandy Siglin (ThriveMed, USA), Kirsti Dyer (The George Washington University, USA), Cynthia Powell (The George Washington University, USA), Donnell Dawson (The George Washington University, USA), Alison Warren (The George Washington University, USA), and Leigh A. Frame (The George Washington University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5969-0.ch006
Addressing the mental health and well-being of pre-health students is critically important to ensuring their success through college and entry into advanced training or the workforce. Pre-health students represent some of the most motivated, involved, and engaged students on campus. Retaining these students and ensuring a positive undergraduate experience may help improve the development of a robust and diverse healthcare workforce. This chapter considers academic stress points and common mental health concerns among pre-health and graduate-level clinical students and discusses the implications of poor mental health outcomes among these student populations. This chapter is the first in a two-part series designed to understand the experiences of health science students and potential adverse health outcomes they may experience. The second chapter in this series considers practical approaches for pre-health advisors to foster and encourage well-being among students.
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The Repercussion of the Internet on Psychological Wellbeing: Discussion on Diverse Psychopathology and Treatment Approaches
Substance use disorder is a condition in which the excessive use of one or more substances leads to clinically significant impairment or distress.
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The Role Addiction Plays in America: What Focusing on the Wrong Issues Has Done
The medical definition for an individual suffering from a drug definition.
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Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Use and Treatment-Seeking in Females With Substance Use Disorder in Southern Arizona: An Exploratory Study in a Female-Only Outpatient Drug Treatment Program
Is a chronic, relapsing disorder or disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior. It is accompanied by impaired decision-making skills and the ability to control urges to seek out, use, and misuse drugs and other substances, even at the detriment of one’s own physical, emotional, and financial health.
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Addressing Addictive Behaviors in the Workplace
A mental health disorder characterized by addictive behavior that meets at least two out of 11 diagnostic criteria of the DSM V.
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