Psy 430 Essay 4 –Methamphetamine Due: 10/18/12 Drugs are used with the purpose of altering one’s state of consciousness or being. Often, drugs may be abused because a person is seeking a pleasurable high. Not only may people develop a psychological dependence on a drug, but they also develop a physical dependence due to altered brain structure. Drug use not only has a direct effect on the brain and body, but often may lead to a destructive lifestyle involving violence, crime, poverty, and poor health. Methamphetamines are stimulants known to have a devastating effect on its users psychologically and physically.
The reason they started to feel sick is because their bodies were diverting blood away from the stomach and using it for muscles and other organs. The reason they sweat is because of homeostasis and the need to maintain a stable body temperature as their bodies are preparing for action. Before and during the ride the adrenal glands, controlled by the endocrine system, would have kicked in. The adrenal glands secrete a fast acting hormone called adrenaline a hormone which is chemically similar to neurotransmitter. Adrenaline would also explain why the boys felt sick and sweaty because it has the same affect in a threatening situation as the sympathetic nervous system.
There are some side effects that will eventually show if these unnatural steroids keep being used. For example, some side effects that are bad for the user are, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, mood swings, impotency shrunken testicles and severe acne and even cancer. A well known side effect is roid rage, where a person can become completely enraged over little things that happen. A person who uses anabolic steroids can get to the point where they totally lose control over their emotions. There have been studies that have proven that the mind is affected by the use of anabolic steroids.
There are many ways to determine whether someone is taking this drug, physically, there is a sharp increase in body temperature, their liver, kidneys and cardiovascular systems fail, they have an increase in heart rate and or blood pressure, and they are more prone to heart disease. You may also notice they are involuntarily clenching their teeth, they have nausea, blurred vision, and or they are sweating a lot. This drug does not only affect your body physically but psychologically as well, confusion, depression, sleep problems drug craving, and severe anxiety are only a handful of problems you may want to consider before taking part in consuming this drug. This drug may be used a lot for the fun of feeling free and high but when you look at the side effects, the “cons” out weigh the “pros”. It is simply not worth a few hours of fun if it will affect your life negatively for more time then it took you to consume
Alcohol stamps down signals between the spinal cord, nerve system, and the brain. The nerve tissues will become totally numb when in the state of “drunkenness”. Cells become semipermeable (thicker) in alcoholics. Tolerance capacity is not stable because they are ever changing. This also makes the alcoholic prone to infections.
In atrial fibrillation, a problem with the heart's electrical system the atria to quiver, or fibrillate. The quivering upsets the normal rhythm between the atria and the lower parts (ventricles) of the heart. The lower parts may beat fast and without a regular rhythm. Atrial fibrillation is dangerous because it greatly increases the risk of stroke. If the heart doesn't beat strongly, blood can collect, or pool, in the atria.
Impairing behavior, judgment, memory, concentration, and coordination. On the liver, a build up of excess fluid begins to gather as your body works over-time to get rid of the toxins. Extreme mood swings and emotional outburst also are a common side effects of “one too
Cocaine is addictive it interferes with the way your brain processes that create feelings of pleasure, so you need more and more of the drug just to feel normal at the time. People who become addicted to cocaine start to lose interest in other areas of their life, like school, friends,
In the curtains behind the muscle mass gains, and the new school record mile time, there are devastating health risks of doping. Physical problems include liver and kidney tumors, high blood pressure, fluid retention, elevated cholesterol levels, and severe aches. However, this is just the beginning; there are very serious cardiovascular problems that could lead to death. Some cardiovascular problems are inflammation of the heart muscle, and an irregular heart rhythm. For our young athletes that are doping their growth is halted prematurely, bones fuse ahead of schedule, muscles grow but do not strengthen, and increase risk of injury.
A heart that has to continuously move blood through an overabundance of vessels may become damaged. Overweight people are more likely to heart disease even if they have no other risk factors. Managing stress can also help decrease your modifiable risk factors for heart disease. The more that people worry about problems in life or the more that they are impatient, the more stress it puts on the heart and can increase your modifiable risk factors for heart disease. Being impatient and stressing out may lead to high blood pressure as well.