Childhood trauma linked to substance abuse and mental problems

Childhood trauma linked to substance abuse and mental problems

Trauma is a situation or an event that can generate a reaction which is normally of grief, shock, fear, panic or disbelief. But, what can be a traumatic experience for one individual might be a normal event for another. In fact, different reactions stem from different coping abilities. For example, children react differently to a traumatic event than adults, due to the variations in their perception of trauma. After a house fire, while the adults might get busy with insurance, a child might feel aggrieved because of the loss of toys, play area or books, which formed his or her small world and provided him or her with a sense of security and belonging. For a child, any situation, in which he or she feels unsafe, unloved and alone could be traumatic. Read more

Substance abuse ups the chances of schizophrenia by 6 times

Substance abuse ups the chances of schizophrenia by 6 times

Not all mental disorders push people into the realms of complete adversity. However, there are certain mental health problems like schizophrenia that seriously impact the way people think, feel and act. People suffering from this mental illness find it difficult to differentiate between the real and the imaginary state of mind. They are also at risk of abusing substances to deal with their symptoms or as a result of the illness. Read more

Understanding various treatment options for dual diagnosis

Understanding various treatment options for dual diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is a unique phenomenon when a person suffers from both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition at the same time. Either of the conditions can develop first and lead to another. Often, people struggling with a mental illness start taking drugs or alcohol as a self-medication to alleviate their devastating symptoms.  On the other hand, substance abuse can also lead to mental health problems since drugs and alcohol are known to affect an individual’s mood, behavior, and brain chemistry. Read more

Integrated approach best way to fight growing problem of dual diagnosis

Integrated approach best way to fight growing problem of dual diagnosis

Even as about 7.9 million adults in the United States suffered from co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis in 2014, the associated mental health conditions still carry an immense stigma in the society. To recover completely from substance abuse is a big challenge for teens which actually triggers a co-occurring condition. Read more

Greater social support can help in full recovery from severe mental illness: Study

Greater social support can help in full recovery from severe mental illness: Study

A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. There are many tools that can help in the recovery process, but early engagement and support is important for better results and long-term recovery. Reinforcing this fact, a recent study by the University of Toronto suggests that wellness and recovery is now possible for people living with mental health conditions, with 40 percent of the formerly suicidal Canadians attaining a state of complete mental health. Read more