Genetic variants of Neanderthals in modern humans linked to depression, addiction: Study

Genetic variants of Neanderthals in modern humans linked to depression, addiction: Study

The tendency to become addicted or depressed might have something to do with Neanderthal heritage, a study titled “The phenotypic legacy of admixture between modern humans and Neanderthals” has found. Published online on February 12, 2016 in the journal Science, it suggests that the genetic link between modern humans and the Neanderthals may be responsible for certain risks of depression, nicotine addiction and other health problems that people face today. Read more

Recent smokers more likely to suffer from mental disorders: Study

Recent smokers more likely to suffer from mental disorders: Study

The ill effects of smoking have been proved by researchers time and again and people are well aware of its dangers. Still, nearly 2,100 youths who were occasional smokers turn into daily cigarette smokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now, a recent study at the Columbia University Medical Center has revealed that younger smokers are more vulnerable to psychiatric and substance use disorders. Read more

Seeking solace from mental trauma through chemical dependency

Seeking solace from mental trauma through chemical dependency

Mental disorders can co-exist with the dependence on chemical substances. Chemical dependency is not a weakness, but an addiction that has adverse emotional and physical impact on an already suffering individual’s health. Chemical dependency is usually interchangeably used with substance abuse. The 2011 USA National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 17.5 percent of adults with a mental illness had a co-occurring substance use disorder; this works out to 7.98 million Americans. Read more