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    The new craving measurement for methamphetamine dependents
    • Jinghong Chen, Executive editor Editorial Office of General Psychiatry

    The indicator of addiction severity in clinical studies, for a long time, relies on experienced craving report for drug-related cues. This condition ranges from both addictive assessments and diagnosis, to the estimation of clinical intervention. However, self-report of craving is susceptible to the influences of social desirability and self-masking in many situations. This necessitates the development of an objective measurement that can detect one’s real craving, which is independent of these obscuring factors.
    The article by Yuan Liang and colleagues entitled “Assessing the Severity of Methamphetamine Use Disorder Beyond the Subjective Craving Report: the Role of an Attention Bias Test” shows that attention bias test represents a more reliable indicator for the addictive severity in methamphetamine dependents. The authors observed that MA dependents, irrespective of high or low craving report, showed similar attention bias to drug-related photographs by using correlation analyses. Moreover, attention bias instead of craving rating is significantly correlated with each of the three clinical indexes of addictive severity.
    This study provides evidence that attention bias may serve as a more objective measure for addictive severity compared to the traditional craving report in addiction research.
    Reference: Liang Q, Yuan T, Cao X, et al. Assessing the severity of methamphetamine use disorder beyond the subjective craving report: the role of an attention bi...

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