If you take antidepressants to treat your depression, you may notice a warning on the medication to avoid or limit alcohol consumption. It’s important that you take this warning seriously and stay away from alcohol. Even if your particular medication does not have a specific interaction with alcohol, drinking while being treated for depression is never a good idea.
Teens smoking pot is nothing new, but if you assume they do it mostly out of boredom, to relax or to be cool, you would be wrong. A new study has highlighted the main reason that young people turn to smoking pot: they are using this drug as a coping mechanism and as a way to deal with negative emotions and traumatic experiences. The habit is a dangerous one. Not only does it prevent young people from learning good, lifelong coping mechanisms, but it can also cause harm.
Dual diagnosis is the term addiction and mental health experts reserve for the identification of overlapping cases of mental illness and substance use disorder (substance abuse/substance addiction). People affected by such overlapping problems typically encounter much greater difficulties during treatment and recovery than people who only have a non-substance-related mental illness or who only have a diagnosable problem with drugs and/or alcohol.
Depression is the collective name for a group of mental health conditions that cause significant mood disturbances and interfere with the ability to lead a productive daily routine or feel a sense of emotional well-being. People who drink excessively or abuse a range of recreational drugs generally have higher depression risks than the rest of the population. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from several U.S. institutions explored the ways that depression impacts the overall health and preparedness of people seeking treatment for substance problems.
People who regularly use marijuana have increased odds of experiencing significant symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as an unusual sensitivity to the impact of emotional stress. This fact also holds true for occasional users of the drug. In a study published in June 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from three U.S. institutions sought to determine why marijuana users have heightened risks for unpleasant mood changes and stress reactions. These researchers concluded that the cause may be marijuana’s ability to alter the brain’s reaction to a key chemical called dopamine. Continue reading
Bipolar disorder is a physiologically demonstrable mental illness – the condition can lead to reduced volume in certain areas of the brain, especially with no treatment. It has been reported in over 75 studies that bipolar is linked to cognitive dysfunction, like poor verbal memory, struggle to maintain focus, poor executive functioning and reduced information processing speed. The question is whether these negative outcomes put a person at increased risk for developing dementia later on?
You may not realize how many shared experiences hinge on your ability to smell. Without it you cannot know what the smell of coffee in the morning can mean, and you are exempted from the pleasures of summer lilac bushes or baking apple pies. Continue reading