Brain worms and plasticity

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Do we know what causes the brain worm sensation? As far as I can tell it is linked to addiction and recovery as it seems to only get triggered by thoughts related to topics of possible addiction. I also wonder if people addicted to healthy things like working out get these same worms. Is it like an inner child trowing a tantrum internally or more like a wormhole. I can't quite figure that out. It also can feel a little like a headache, but it is more focused and directional.

Is there a way to use the worms to push the brain into a more plastic state? Can we rewire these nerve channels any way we want or must we waste them by letting them fade?

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Have you poked around in the Wiki porn articles?

Mood swings while the brain is returning to balance are normal. Not everyone has them, but many do. Low dopamine (and/or decreased dopamine receptors) appear to be a major culprit. See http://www.reuniting.info/science/articles/acute_dopamine_depletion_caus...

There are behaviors that help regulate mood. Different people have better luck with different ones. Time is also a big healer (assuming one doesn't keep the cycle going).