Emotional responses can provide a lot of information about a person’s psychological stability or current state of mind. For example, a person who frequently fidgets with their hands might be prone to anxiety or compulsiveness, while a calm, collected person might radiate intelligence. We can tell a lot about a person by the way they act and react to situations, but did you know that a delayed emotional response can actually signal a potential for alcohol problems? As unusual as this may sound, recent research has indicated that a dysfunction in a portion of the brain controlling adaptive responses might indicate an adulthood littered with addiction or abuse. How is this possible and what can we learn about this? Let’s take a closer look at the study of low emotional response.
The Importance of Emotions
According to Robert Miranda, Jr. (a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Brown University), emotional regulation is a critical component to the regulation of behavioral processes. Overall, emotions play a huge role in the formation of memories, evaluation of environmental spacing, and the motivation for adaptation. However, people who have a difficult time regulating emotions (due to an underlying psychological problem) may also be vulnerable to addiction, as Miranda points out.
In certain situations where an individual does not appropriately express happiness or anxiety, people cannot appropriately map out responses to certain stimuli (including friends and threats). This condition (called hyporesponsivity) can ultimately put these victims at risk for dangerous behavior, specifically alcohol abuse and addiction.
Additional Proof of a Mental Illness
Peter R. Finn (a professor of psychology at Indiana University) explains that alcoholics tend to get into dangerous situations and drink excessive amounts of alcohol simply due to the fact that they cannot respond to these hazardous stimuli. As he also points out, children who exhibit poor conduct and low response rates to dangerous events or people might have a great risk of developing adolescence due to the wiring in their brains. Simply put, alcoholics literally do not know any better.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
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