Psych M.D. - Tolerance


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Term: tolerance
Definition (Myers): the diminishing effect with regular use of the same dose of a drug, requiring the user to take larger and larger doses before experiencing the drug's effect
Definition (alternative): condition that may follow repeated ingestion of a drug in so that the effect produced by the original dose no longer occurs
Source: Answers.com
Contextual explanation: Tolerance is a big factor in developing addiction to a drug. As people start to take drugs, one dose might be good enough. When they go back to take the same drug again, they find that they need to take a higher dose to achieve the same state they could initially reach with just one dose. As tolerance builds up, people need to take an increasing amount of the drug and therefore may be faced with a growing number of risks and hazards to the body. As one of the big negatives of drug use, tolerance will lead people into continued and larger dosage use of drugs.

Related terms and concepts: physical dependence
Psych M.D. - Tolerance - The Neuron
Related websites:
http://www.intropsych.com/ch05_conditioning/conditioning_and_drug_tolerance.html
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/967596/psychology_of_addictions_developing.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_tolerance
Edited by: Evelyn



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