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

Self-reported impulsivity highest among people with borderline personality disorder, finds study

Self-reported impulsivity highest among people with borderline personality disorder, finds study

Impulsivity is a common characteristic in both borderline personality disorder (BPD) and substance use disorder (SUD), and the presence of one condition can have a direct impact on the severity of the other. Abusing substances such as alcohol and drugs can aggravate the symptoms of BPD including suicide ideation and risk of self-harm. Conversely, the symptoms and behaviors associated with addiction to substances can be worsened due to BPD. 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

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