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Identifying causes and symptoms of stimulant-induced psychosis

Identifying causes and symptoms of stimulant-induced psychosis

Psychosis is a mental condition in which an individual perceives things in a way which is different from reality. It is a condition that  arises as a result of other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression. An individual facing a psychotic episode deals with two major symptoms:  hallucinations (viewing or hearing things that are different from reality) and delusions ( believing things that are not true and for which there is no evidence) along with an array of other symptoms. Continue reading

Easy tips to quit smoking for people with mental illness

Easy tips to quit smoking for people with mental illness

Nicotine is one of the most addictive and harmful substances. A large number of people are acutely dependent and addicted to nicotine for  reasons, such as relieving stress, fighting depression, and mood betterment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is more common in people with mental illness. Nearly 36 percent of individuals who have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness smoke cigarettes. However, only 21 percent of those without mental illness smoke cigarettes. Continue reading

Mental Illness Awareness Week: 7 substance-induced mental health disorders

Mental Illness Awareness Week: 7 substance-induced mental health disorders

Mental illness and substance abuse are common problems among Americans. These can affect people from all walks of life, irrespective of gender and age. Although treatable, the two often overlap in an individual resulting in being diagnosed as a single ailment as well as in combination with the other (also known as dual diagnosis). Continue reading

Prevalence of co-occurring disorders among homeless people

Prevalence of co-occurring disorders among homeless people

Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, imply a condition in which an individual suffers from both a mental illness and a substance use disorder. A few of the common co-occurring disorders are alcoholism and depression, anorexia and cocaine dependence, and anxiety and prescription drug dependence. The condition is characterized by a higher craving for the drug of dependence, sadness, depression and irritability. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 7.9 million adult Americans were suffering from co-occurring disorders in 2014. Continue reading

Specialized treatment approach needed for dual diagnosis patients

Specialized treatment approach needed for dual diagnosis patients

Alcohol or drug abuse leads not just to an addiction problem, but other complications as well. Excessive use of drugs or alcohol can trigger the onset of mental illnesses or veil their symptoms under its impact. For instance, people who feel lost or depressed indulge in drinks or drugs to cope with emotions of hopelessness or lack of self-esteem. And then there are people with signs of severe bipolar disorder who tend to self-medicate through drugs like heroin. Continue reading

Researchers identify gene that can predict psychosis risk in cannabis users

Researchers identify gene that can predict psychosis risk in cannabis users

The shift in public opinions about the use of opioids and the country’s overall drug policy has led to a significant rise in marijuana (cannabis) abuse by Americans in the past few years. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013, revealed that 19.8 million people reported having used it in the past month. Continue reading