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

Comorbidity of depression and substance abuse detrimental to health

Comorbidity of depression and substance abuse detrimental to health

“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” ― Kurt Cobain

The close relationship between mental disorders and substance abuse is like the proverbial “elephant in the living room” as no one wants to discuss such an uncomfortable issue. However, the co-occurrence of mental disorders and substance abuse heralds a number of challenges in a person’s life. Occasional low periods usually pass away smoothly, but when such emotionally gloomy phases persist for long then one is likely to be suffering from depression of other types of mental disorders. With millions of people grappling the challenges of depression, which keeps them away from living a normal and happy life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 7.6 percent of Americans in the age group 12 and above were suffering from this psychiatric disorder in the period 2009 to 2012. Read more

Cannabis and schizophrenia: Causal relationship with damaging health effects

Cannabis and schizophrenia: Causal relationship with damaging health effects

Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects how a person, feels, thinks and behaves.   According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about one percent of the world’s population is likely to have schizophrenia at some stage in their life while in America, approximately 1.1 percent of the population is already living with it. Symptoms of schizophrenia start between 16-30 years of age and the disease affects more men than women. Some of the symptoms that a schizophrenic person may experience are delusions, hallucinations and cognitive difficulties, which can become a lifelong struggle. Read more

Is post-partum depression a trigger for addiction

Is post-partum depression a trigger for addiction

According to the data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States, 11-20 percent of new mothers have postpartum depression disorder (PPD). This figure, however, does not take into account the number of women who suffer miscarriage or deliver stillborn babies. Hence, it is estimated that the actual number of women with PPD can be even higher, if all kinds of pregnancies are taken into account.  Read more

Dual diagnosis and pregnancy – how it impacts child’s health

Dual diagnosis and pregnancy – how it impacts child’s health

Pregnancy is a critical stage in a woman’s life. It is not only about bringing a new life, but also about ensuring a good health and surrounding to the newborn. A pregnant woman, therefore, is always asked to take special care of herself, as the unborn is exposed to outer world through her. Read more