Sexual harassment could lead to mental disorders and substance abuse

Sexual harassment could lead to mental disorders and substance abuse

Gina, 22, a cheerful and dedicated worker, had recently joined her first job. But three months later, she started distancing herself from every one and became dull and impassive. As days passed by, Gina’s physical appearance also changed and she became frail. Then one day, she did not show up at work and later that day, her colleagues got to know that she had been stabbed by her former lover. Read more

‘Must know’ facts about dual diagnosis treatment

‘Must know’ facts about dual diagnosis treatment

Dual diagnosis emerged as a concept over two decades ago. Also referred to as co-occurring disorders, it points to the copresence of both mental disorders and substance addiction. Some of the most prevalent coexisting disorders include heroin addiction and bipolar disorder, alcoholism and depression, etc. Read more

Substance-induced mental disorders that may make one’s life topsy-turvy

Substance-induced mental disorders that may make one’s life topsy-turvy

There could be various factors causing mental disorders. They include, but are not limited to, genes, environmental influences such as peer pressure and stress, as well as side effects of medication. A major factor responsible for poor mental health, which often gets ignored, is acute or chronic abuse of addiction-forming substances. Drugs or alcohol are an easy means to escape from life’s miseries and ease the pain. Little do people realize that intoxication can create chemical imbalance in the brain causing a mental disorder. Read more

Does marijuana use lead to psychiatric disorders

Does marijuana use lead to psychiatric disorders

Due to a steady decline in the perception of the risks associated with marijuana, a large number of youngsters have been digressing toward this substance. Other major shifts that have exacerbated the situation include the recent public debates on the legalization of marijuana. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the United States, with 22.2 million people abusing it in the past month. The survey also highlighted that the majority of the users are men than women. Read more

Important steps employed during management of co-occurring disorders

Important steps employed during management of co-occurring disorders

When an individual struggle with a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental illness simultaneously, it is called dual diagnosis. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in any given year, at least 7-9 million people grapple with a co-occurring disorder. Moreover, 50 percent of the population suffering from an alcohol and drug addiction are also inflicted with a mental illness, such as trauma, depression, personality disorders, anxiety and depression. Read more