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Addiction to phones can change the chemical composition of your brain
We all know that excessive usage of mobile phones has side effects but not many of them had been quantified till now.

In an attempt to do that, a research presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has claimed that excessive usage of phones & internet could create a chemical imbalance in the brain and alter the overall chemistry of the brain. But what can be taken as a ray of hope is that therapies can be used to reverse these chemical changes in the brain.  

The subjects of the study were 19 people who were addicted to smart phones. And the researchers have claimed that higher the addiction, higher were the symptoms of diseases like insomnia, depression and anxiety. 

When the results of the subjects of the study were compared with the normal levels, the subjects with addiction to smartphones and internet displayed a clear increase a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This increase was found specifically in the region of the limbic system. Limbic system emotional control centre of the brain. But the researchers have also claimed that since the subjects of the study were too limited in number, so further research is needed in the field.   

The subjects were also subjected to Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) prior to the study as well as after they were treated with behavioural therapy. And the results of the MRS showed that smart phone addiction had severe implications on the chemical composition of the brain.

An MRS is a form of MRI that can reveal changes that occur in the chemical composition of the brain. But the post therapy MRS showed significant decrease in such chemicals that could lead to disorders like anxiety and depression.

The paper was presented by the lead study author Dr Hyung Suk Seo. Seo is a professor of neuro-radiology at Korea University in Seoul.

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