Effects of street drugs on mental health

Effects of street drugs on mental health

Street drugs are the highly addictive and dangerous drugs that can be obtained illegally from the streets and are used for their mood-altering and sedative effects. The streets are in fact, flooded with illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth, MDMA, ecstasy etc. which can be detrimental to an individual’s physical and mental health. As drugs can alter one’s perceptions, it leads to several issues related to the body and the mind, such as hallucinations, delusions, muscle spasms, etc. According to a 2014 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately eight million American adults battled with co-occurring disorders, including both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental health disorder at the same time. Read more

Alcohol may increase risk of paranoid behavior

Alcohol may increase risk of paranoid behavior

Mark (name changed) was diagnosed with delusional disorder. All through his adolescence, he had struggled with severe psychosis, due to which he faced innumerable challenges in sustaining long-term relationships.  He faced similar problems at work and often used to quit the job or was fired because of behavioral issues. When things went horribly wrong, Mark took to drinking to seek solace. At his friend’s insistence, he entered into a rehab offering cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and found a means of dealing with the debilitating psychosis, paranoia and the addiction he developed to alcohol. Read more

Rewards can effectively treat alcohol abuse in those with mental illness, finds study

Rewards can effectively treat alcohol abuse in those with mental illness, finds study

Alcohol has been labeled as the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The worst part is that people fighting alcoholism are prone to develop a range of psychiatric illnesses, also known as dual diagnosis, which can worsen the existing condition. In fact, people who are suffering from mental illnesses also have a chance of developing alcohol addiction as there is always a tendency for such people to self-medicate with substances. 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

More than 50% Americans living with chronic health problem: Study

More than 50% Americans living with chronic health problem: Study

With the rising number of chronic illness cases across the United States, a simultaneous increase in substance abuse issues and mental disorders have also been reported. As per a recent study, published in the journal Psychology, Health & Medicine in November 2016, more than 50 percent Americans suffers from at least one chronic health condition, substance abuse or a mental illness. Read more