How alcohol may worsen depression

How alcohol may worsen depression

Generally, people consume psychoactive substances like alcohol in the moments of happiness and sorrow, good and bad times, low and elevated mood, etc. However, one must understand that the persistent consumption of alcohol over a long period can actually lead to addiction, develop new complications and worsen the existing mental illnesses. Read more

Alcohol can impair interoceptive accuracy in men, finds study

Alcohol can impair interoceptive accuracy in men, finds study

Drinking is the most common coping mechanism to deal with stress and anxiety symptoms. Due to the tendency, adults can develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) over time. In fact, some researches show that individuals with a panic disorder are always at risk to have an AUD. Although prior studies have identified establishment of alcoholism due to anxiety, there remains uncertainty regarding what mediates the relationship between booze and the mental condition. Read more

Alcohol use disorders can cause cognitive dysfunctioning

Alcohol use disorders can cause cognitive dysfunctioning

Frequent drinking habits or excessive alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol use disorders (AUDs). These disorders can further form the basis of other problems that can harm cognitive abilities. A group of researchers from the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany found that those diagnosed with AUDs can face the problem of cognitive dysfunctioning. Read more

Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Many people experiencing a mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder or depression, seek refuge in various prescription drugs or illegal substances to counter their debilitating symptoms, oblivious to the fact that such medications can lead to the problem of addiction. In due course, such individuals tend to suffer from both a mental disorder and an addiction, commonly known as dual diagnosis, which can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of overlapping symptoms. Read more

Risky cocktail of alcohol abuse and social phobia

Risky cocktail of alcohol abuse and social phobia

Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is a common phenomenon in which individuals have an excessive fear or anxiety of social situations such as speaking publicly, eating or drinking in front of others, talking on the telephone, etc. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), approximately 15 million American adults are affected by social anxiety disorder.   Read more