MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Lina Begdache, PhD, RDN, CDN, CNS-S, FAND
Health and Wellness Studies Department GW 15
Decker School of Nursing
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: College students engage in activities such as binge drinking, abuse of ADHD medications as “study drugs” or use of illicit drugs during a critical brain developmental window that supports maturation of the brain (the prefrontal cortex) necessary for emotional control, cognitive functions and regulation of impulsive behaviors. These activities not only affect brain function, thus mental health and cognitive functions, but may dampen brain development with potential long-lasting effects.
As for findings, we were able to identify neurobehavioral patterns that associate with mental wellbeing and mental distress in young adults. Based on evidence from the literature, we constructed conceptual models that describe how one behavior may lead to another until virtuous or vicious cycles set-in. Continue reading