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People with mental disorders twice as likely to suffer from SUD

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

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

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

Scientists hint at causal association between schizophrenia and marijuana

Scientists hint at causal association between schizophrenia and marijuana

Scientists have always stressed on how mentally ill patients are more vulnerable to using drugs in an attempt to self-medicate or seek necessary relief from its symptoms. A group of researchers in their study titled “Assessing causality in associations between cannabis use and schizophrenia risk: a two-sample Mendelian randomization study” have suggested that marijuana users are at increased risk of being affected with schizophrenia. Continue reading

Dual diagnosis patients avoid sticking to psychiatric advice

Dual diagnosis patients avoid sticking to psychiatric advice

One of the common discrepancies noticed among people afflicted by dual diagnosis includes the lack of adherence to the professional advice and medication policies. In fact, even professionals who assist such patients have unanimously corroborated that such a lack of adherence is highly prevalent among patients going through the problem of dual diagnosis. Continue reading

Dual diagnosis – Part 4: Understanding treatment approaches for co-occurring disorders

Dual diagnosis – Part 4: Understanding treatment approaches for co-occurring disorders

Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders, refers to a condition where a mental health problem and a substance abuse problem exist simultaneously. Due to the strong relationship between substance abuse and mental illnesses, it is essential to address both the conditions by following an integrated approach. The treatment for dual diagnosis is determined based on the underlying mental health problem and type of drugs being abused. Continue reading

Dual Diagnosis – Part 3: Medications used in dual diagnosis treatment

Dual Diagnosis - Part 3: Medications used in dual diagnosis treatment

Dual diagnosis is a serious health condition where substance abuse co-occurs with a mental illness. It is not easy to cure dual diagnosis as medications used to treat it must be effective for both the disorders. Moreover, only a comprehensive treatment, inclusive of medications, psychotherapies and a recovery management plan can help a person get better. Continue reading