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Double-action drug: ADHD medication can also treat substance abuse

Certain medications remain the mainstay to treat some mental disorders. Whether it is for depression, anxiety, psychosis or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the use of antidepressants or anti-anxiety pills works in most cases. Besides medication, psychotherapies and brain stimulation approaches also play a major role in treating mental disorders. Continue reading

People with mental disorders twice as likely to suffer from SUD

Mental disorders and associated symptoms are often diagnosed in individuals who abuse drugs and vice versa. The coexistence of two different diseases is popularly known as co-occurring diseases or dual diagnosis. Various national surveys since the 1980s have reflected and documented the comorbidity of substance abuse and mental disorders across the United States.   Continue reading

Insights into alcohol-induced anxiety

A night out with friends after a grueling week of back-to-back travel and intense work pressure seems like a brilliant idea. Unrestrained chatting, dancing on Jim Morrison songs and doing back-to-back vodka shots give a rare kind of a high, and an escape from the drudgery of life. However, the same high turns into a horrid experience the following morning when one gets a hangover. Continue reading

OCD may spike chances of addiction

While some people might be popularly known as perfectionists or idealists due to their obsession with cleanliness and orderliness, their irresistible impulse to indulge in certain activities or behavioral patterns can be a warning sign of an underlying mental or personality problem. Often diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the people as perfectionist, as mentioned above struggle with the intrusive thoughts. Continue reading

Ways to manage emotional stress to stop substance abuse

The close relationship between substance abuse and mental issues is a known thing. Family disputes, relationship troubles, job conflicts, health issues, etc. are some of the usual triggers of stress that may over time induce a person to seek the help of substances, such as alcohol, drugs, etc. Stress, being an inevitable part of one’s life, can fall heavy on a person and push him or her toward an addiction, if not handled with strong will and determination. Continue reading

Comorbid psychiatric disorders and substance use disorder may manifest themselves in varying degrees

There is always a possibility of substance use disorder and mental health illnesses to occur simultaneously which is commonly known as dual diagnosis. Though either one of them may appear first, the need for diagnosing both of them becomes a necessity for the overall health of an individual. For example, a mental disorder may not be diagnosed until the symptoms have increased to a certain specified level. Therefore, establishing the causality or directionality of both the disorders are not at all easy. Still, three scenarios deserve attention in which probably each contributes in varying degrees to how specific comorbidities could manifest themselves: Continue reading

Why do substance use disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses?

Substance use disorders and mental illnesses often go hand in hand as people addicted to drugs have twice the higher risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders as compared to general people and vice-versa. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 8.1 million adults (3.3 percent of all adults) reported co-occurrence of any mental illness (AMI) and substance use disorder (SUDs) in the past year, while 2.3 million adults (1.0 percent of all adults) were suffering from co-occurring serious mental illnesses (SMI) and SUDs in 2015. Continue reading

Treatment for substance abuse, mental illness during reformation may help tackle recidivism

“Once a criminal, always a criminal,” they say. It may be true in some cases, but certainly not in all. For some, crime is the way to life. However, in many cases, the tendency to commit repeat offense emanates from a substance use disorder (SUD), a mental illness, or both – a condition known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. The tendency to go back to jail, also termed as “recidivism,” can sometimes be blamed on any of the three conditions mentioned above, it has been found. And the way American jails are overcrowding, recidivism is seen as a major contributor to it.

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Depression may prompt teenagers to depend on e-cigarettes, says study

Electronic cigarettes were initially introduced as an effective alternative to traditional cigarettes. Scientists hailed e-cigarettes as an important discovery as some studies published during initial stages stressed on how efficacious e-cigarette use would be for those seeking relief from their smoking habits but are not able to rid themselves of their dependence on nicotine. Elaborating on what led to the rising popularity of e-cig use in America, Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said, “If there is a public health benefit to the emergence of e-cigarettes, it will come only if they are effective at helping smokers stop using cigarettes completely, responsibly marketed to adult smokers and properly regulated to achieve these goals.” Continue reading