lecture 9 (2) - Nicotine and related disorders Diagnosis...

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Nicotine and related disorders Diagnosis Smokers usually self-diagnose their nicotine dependence and nicotine withdrawal. Such questionnaires as the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND), a short six-item assessment of cigarette use, help to determine the level of tobacco dependence. Physicians and mental health professionals are less concerned with diagnosis , which is usually straightforward, than with determining the physical and psychological factors in each patient that must be addressed for successful smoking cessation. Treatments Most smokers want to quit; over 75% have tried to stop at least once. Each year, over 40% of smokers make at least one attempt to quit. Many people try a dozen times before they are successful in finding the right combination of medications, therapies, and support to achieve success. Even with repeated attempts, however, only half of all smokers are able to stop smoking completely and eliminate their dependence on nicotine.
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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