Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders

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Comparing and Contrasting: The 4 Types of Bipolar Disorder

By | 2017-12-04T17:27:16+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Bipolar disorder has four distinct types and is a bigger problem than people realize. Currently, this disorder affects more than 5.8 million Americans. With the rates of mental illnesses rising in the U.S., it’s clear this battle will not end soon. The characteristics of bipolar disorder revolve around normal, manic, and depressive phases. The term “Euthymia” refers to having a normal mood. This ‘normal’ phase means being in a positive, tranquil, and stable mental state. In the manic phase, the individual has an abnormal elevated arousal state. As such, they could be feeling euphoric, [...]

The Reason Almost All Addicts Probably have a Co-occurring Disorder

By | 2017-09-12T21:46:24+00:00 August 7th, 2017|

Co-occurring disorders were once called dual diagnosis. The combine a mental health disorder with a substance abuse disorder. In a 2014 report by SAMHSA, there were nearly 8 million adult in the U.S. with co-occurring disorders. The reasons that people abuse substances can often be attributed to emotional reasons. Substances have the ability to numb pain from events in life that haven’t been dealt with. A co-occurring disorder can be defined by two disorders such as: Alcoholism and depression. Cocaine addiction and anorexia. Post-traumatic stress disorder and heroin abuse. Studies show that people who have [...]

Why Schizophrenia and Addiction Are Linked

By | 2017-07-05T18:04:16+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

What is the relationship between schizophrenia and the various forms of addiction? Substance abuse disorders often co-occur with mental illnesses. Although they are separate medical conditions, the relationship between addiction and mental disorders is closer – and more complicated – than most people realize. In fact, a person with a substance abuse disorder is more likely than not to also struggle with a comorbid psychiatric condition, and vice versa. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association: Among people with a mental illness, roughly half have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). 53% of people [...]

Carrie Fisher – What We Know and What We Can Learn

By | 2017-06-21T16:46:54+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

When Carrie Fisher went into cardiac arrest and died in December 2016, everyone familiar with her struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse wondered if this was yet another tragic story about a Hollywood celebrity succumbing to personal demons. "My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire live. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases." ~actress Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter This week, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner released its official autopsy report. Among the findings: The official Cause [...]

Is There a Possibility That Lyrica Can be Abused?

By | 2017-11-09T19:21:25+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Is There a Risk of Lyrica Abuse or Addiction? Dr. Richard Bruce Silverman, a chemistry professor at Northwestern University, discovered Pregabalin and the FDA approved it in 2004 for treatment of fibromyalgia pain, neuropathic pain, and generalized anxiety disorder. Nobody is certain how it works as an effective means to stop partial seizures. The original intention of Pregabalin was that it would be approved for epilepsy but was only found to be effective for partial seizures. Pregalin is a drug that was FDA approved for convulsions as well as pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes or [...]

Is There a Link Between Addiction and Autism?

By | 2017-04-04T21:51:09+00:00 April 20th, 2017|

Autism is a mental condition that is a broad-spectrum disorder. It is mainly characterized by difficulty communicating, forming relationships and articulating abstract ideas. Autism may also be accompanied by sensory processing issues, such as discomfort in loud, busy places or wearing certain types of fabrics. These sensory issues may also be extended to touch by others and the types of foods one can tolerate eating. It is often referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the past, an autism diagnosis was often saved for those on the low-functioning end of the spectrum. These people [...]

Social Anxiety and Substance Abuse: What’s the Connection?

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:07+00:00 February 11th, 2017|

“… Research suggests that socially anxious people may be less likely to participate in group therapy or seek a sponsor. Also, higher levels of anxiety at the end of (treatment) have been shown to lead to a higher rate of relapse…” ~Dr. Julia Buckner, Louisiana State University Having anxiety is normal. Everyone suffers from some degree of social anxiety from time to time – meeting new people, speaking before large groups, going on a first date, etc. Having a social anxiety disorder – suffering from a debilitating fear of social situations – is NOT normal. [...]

Marijuana Use and the Danger of Bone Disease

By | 2016-12-28T17:03:05+00:00 January 1st, 2017|

“Our research has shown that heavy users of cannabis have quite a large reduction in bone density compared with non-users and there is a real concern that this may put them at increased risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures later in life." ~Professor Stuart Ralston, Lead Researcher for the Center for Genomic and Experimental Medicine at the University of Edinburgh According to an article in the American Journal of Medicine, scientists at the University of Edinburgh performed a study that suggests that regular, heavy smoking of marijuana can cause users to suffer from decreased bone [...]

My Struggle with Achievement, Adderall, Addiction, and my Type-A Personality

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:28+00:00 December 30th, 2016|

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” ~Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are All my life, I’ve been an overachiever – excellent grades in school, huge responsibility at work, and always being there to lend a helping hand to my family and friends. It wasn’t just that I [...]

What is the connection between anxiety and substance addiction?

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:35+00:00 December 21st, 2016|

The Link Between Substance Addiction and Anxiety The relationship between substance addiction and anxiety is concerning. Both substance addiction, including alcohol and drugs, and anxiety disorders are disease processes that affect human behavior. Alcohol and drug addiction force a chemical change within the human body that rewards the abusive behavior. Therefore, abuse of alcohol and drugs is viewed as a chronic disease of the brain, since it changes the structure of the brain. However, anxiety is viewed as a mental illness, since it affects the person’s moods, feelings, emotions, and behavior. Anxiety is the leading [...]

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