Marijuana use disorder, a common problem in the United States now, is often associated with other substance use disorders and behavioral problems, which largely go untreated, according to a new study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Continue reading
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
Teens are always at an increased risk of substance abuse and mental health disorders related to it. The teenage excitement is palpable in the adventurous deeds adolescents indulge in to get an adrenaline rush. Many of them, in a fit of exhilaration, also indulge in substance abuse. But they seem unaware that these deeds may have dire consequences, making them addicted for life. Continue reading
Mental illness can bring about many complications in one’s life in many different aspects. While some are unable to meet responsibilities due to struggles with depression, others experience family struggles due to bipolar disorder. And those who choose to turn to illicit drugs as a means of better adaptation only exacerbate their symptoms in the process. Continue reading
A negative feeling is often linked to eating disorder, and depression is no exception. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9 percent Americans suffer from depression. One of the reasons for depression is distress, triggered by eating disorders. According to experts, people suffering from eating disorders are more likely to suffer from depression than those with healthy eating habits. Continue reading
The death of actor Robin Williams made the world sit up and take stock of a medical condition that has usually been swept under the carpet. He suffered from dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorder, which eventually claimed his life.
When someone experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse problem simultaneously, it is called dual diagnosis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is twice as likely to suffer from a mood and anxiety disorder as someone who is not addicted. The reverse is also true. Continue reading
Many people seeking relief from the strain of health disorders often resort to using alcohol or controlled substances as means of self-medication. However, it usually only exacerbates complications, jeopardizing the person’s health and well-being in the process.
Though less patients overall will experience dual diagnosis, in which health disorders and controlled substances occur concurrently, these cases deserve specific consideration due to the many possible complications. Certain specific combinations of substance abuse and health disorders have been shown to be especially prevalent overall. There can be reasons for why dual diagnosis occurs, such as the patient who is self-medicating to better cope with mental illness. Yet this will often only offer temporary relief and exacerbate the nature of the disorder in the long term. Continue reading
Narcissistic personality disorder is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others.” Certain theories hold that identifying narcissists is important due to the possibility of their grandiosity, self-focus and self-importance becoming socially toxic and having a negative effect on relationships. Continue reading