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

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

Drug abuse by medical fraternity attributed to mental problems, finds study

Drug abuse by medical fraternity attributed to mental problems, finds study

Substance abuse can affect anyone at any point of time. In fact, an underlying mental problem can also lead to an inclination toward consuming drugs. Research indicates that health care practitioners (HCPs) like the common man, also become addicted to drugs. There may be a number of reasons for such a behavior such as high levels of stress, prolonged practice hours, and constant contact with sick patients that make the health care professionals grief-stricken. Read more

Anxiety contributes to developing drinking habits

Anxiety contributes to developing drinking habits

As witnessing anxiety on an important occasion is an integral part of life, occasional anxiety is widely accepted as an aberration and not a disease. However, when it causes so much of distress that it interferes with one’s ability to lead a normal life, then it is considered a serious mental illness. Read more