- Addiction symptoms:
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a doctor would ask.
During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Addiction symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: To determine risk of hepatitis or HIV.
Why: to determine risk of STDs.
Why: It is important for you Health Professional to know from the very beginning what the substance/s that you are having problems with are.
Why: Whilst you may be primarily concerned with your usage of one or two substances, your Health Professional needs to know what other substances you are taking as well.
Why: How often you are taking the substance you are concerned about, and how strongly you feel you "need" to take are important in assessing whether or not you are exhibiting signs of dependence/addiction.
Why: Dependence and addiction behaviors can include a subjective feeling of being unable to control either the amount of substance you are taking, or to control your substance taking behavior.
Why: One sign of dependence/addiction is that you experience "withdrawal" symptoms when you try to stop taking the substance. These withdrawal symptoms can include "shakes", sweating, nausea, changes in your mood, agitation, disturbed sleep, increased sensitivity to sounds ($hyperacusis), high blood pressure (hypertension), high pulse rate (tachycardia),seizures$, and experiencing illusions/hallucinations.
Why: A sign of substance dependence/addiction is having to take increasing amounts of the substance in order to continue to get the same effect taken on earlier/smaller amounts. This is called tolerance.
Why: With deepening substance dependence/addiction the activities that you may have been interested or taken part in previously, may change.
Why: Continued use of a substance despite the knowledge of the harm it can cause (mental and physical) can be a sign of dependence/addiction.
Why: With substance dependence/addiction comes an increased risk of violence, crime, traffic offences and disorderly conduct.
Why: Unfortunately substance dependence/addiction can result in strained relationships and problems with both family and friends.
Why: As substance dependence/addiction worsens there can be financial consequences from loss of income and increase expenses.
Why: Substance dependence/addiction can result in homelessness and other dangerous living arrangements. It is important for you health professional to know about this as they have a duty of care for your safety.
Why: Those suffering from dependence/addiction may seriously consider and plan to harm other people.
Why: e.g. bronchitis , emphysema , coronary heart disease , stroke , peptic ulcers, reduced fertility , peripheral vascular disease , cancer of the mouth and throat , larynx , trachea , lungs , esophagus , stomach , pancreas or bladder.
The following list of conditions have 'Addiction symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Addiction symptoms'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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