Marijuana and ADHD treatment: An ambiguous relationship

Marijuana and ADHD treatment: An ambiguous relationship

“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development,” according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Inattention is when a person suffering from ADHD easily gets distracted, has difficulty sustaining focus and is disorganized. Such people can also be hyperactive, display restlessness, constantly move around and/or fidget excessively. Impulsiveness in people with ADHD can manifest as an inability to delay gratification or taking quick decisions without considering the potential for harm. Read more

Substance abuse and mental health problems high among military wives and children

Substance abuse and mental health problems high among military wives and children

Military people continuously face isolation and loneliness on being cut off from their families for prolonged periods. Similar feelings creep in the minds of their wives left behind who might have to handle household responsibilities all alone. 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

Understanding surge in dual diagnosis cases in America’s criminal justice system

Understanding surge in dual diagnosis cases in America’s criminal justice system

Inadequate access to rehabilitation centers for treatment of mental disorders and an increase in the incarceration rate of those convicted of drug felonies has led to an increase in the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice system. As prison cells are shared between those suffering from mental conditions and those who struggle addiction, chances are that their behavioral disorders and habits get mutually affected. Read more

Untangling relationship between mental health problems and substance use disorders

Untangling relationship between mental health problems and substance use disorders

Mental illnesses and substance use disorders are closely related, though not all the time. People suffering from bouts of mental health disorders tend to self-medicate through substances, which can lead to dependence. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), when mentally distraught people abuse drugs, they experience a temporary relief from their mental health problems. As the effect of the drug or alcohol wanes off, signs of emotional disorders return with an intensity stronger than before. Read more