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Korsakoff's syndrome- #3

Submitted by jjaneiro on Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:19

Substance abuse disorder is a categorized disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. Depending on the substance being abused, there is increased risk of developing other serious diseases. One such syndrome is Korsakoff’s syndrome, which is seen in long-term abusers of alcohol. This syndrome is categorized by individuals developing anterograde and retrograde amnesia as a result of developing lesions on the brain. These lesions arise from the depletion of B-vitamins, specifically thiamine, in the brain. Anterograde amnesia is a type of amnesia in which the individual is unable to form new memories or remember new information, yet his or her long-term memory remains intact. Retrograde amnesia, on the other hand, is just the opposite. Individuals with retrograde amnesia cannot remember long-term information, even their own identity. Because of the seriousness of this syndrome, with the inclusion of substance abuse disorder in the DSM-5, it makes it easier for people struggling with substance abuse to receive the psychiatric help to overcome their addiction. This is especially critical for preventing the development of illnesses and syndromes associated with long-term substance abuse, such as Korsakoff’s syndrome.




It gets a little rocky at the end with your transition but otherwise a very well formed paragraph! You start out when a nice introduction and you stay on topic throughout. Again I would just adjust the ending so that the sentences are a bit smoother - maybe rephrase the second to last sentence especially because it just sounds a bit weird.