Alcohol use disorders can cause cognitive dysfunctioning

Alcohol use disorders can cause cognitive dysfunctioning

Frequent drinking habits or excessive alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol use disorders (AUDs). These disorders can further form the basis of other problems that can harm cognitive abilities. A group of researchers from the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany found that those diagnosed with AUDs can face the problem of cognitive dysfunctioning. Read more

Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Many people experiencing a mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder or depression, seek refuge in various prescription drugs or illegal substances to counter their debilitating symptoms, oblivious to the fact that such medications can lead to the problem of addiction. In due course, such individuals tend to suffer from both a mental disorder and an addiction, commonly known as dual diagnosis, which can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of overlapping symptoms. Read more

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

Marijuana can cause mental breakdown: Study

Marijuana can cause mental breakdown: Study

“That’s dope” is an oft-used expression amongst today’s youth. Dope can be in the form of weed or marijuana. In an act that has become recklessly common across the country, people are turning to marijuana to have a “good time.” It’s not only about having a few drinks and hanging out with buddies anymore. Now, the people are looking for kicks offered by “Mary Jane,” as it’s popularly called. 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