Dina’s last session with her therapist had been a harsh revelation. Her family and personal life was a mess because of her depression and drug addiction. As it turned out, her depression was a result of her own dysfunctional family; her father was an alcoholic. And she h Read more
Due to the enigmatic nature of the brain, the co-occurrence of substance use disorder (SUD) and mental disorders continues to be a mystery. Like the riddle “which came first, the chicken or egg,” one cannot hold either of them responsible for causing the other due to overlapping symptoms and increased interdependence.
While drug and substance abuse changes the levels of brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, known for controlling moods, one may resort to their use due to the grave challenges of mental disorders. Therefore, coexisting disorders like SUD and psychiatric illnesses are prevalent among people suffering from mental illnesses or abusing substances. Read more
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of deaths in America. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in every 12.3 minutes an American takes his life and 1.6 million lives are lost annually. A significant majority (90 percent) had psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
Suicide rates are the highest during spring time which can trigger allergies and mood swings leading to difficulties in coping with the environment and causing depression. Alcohol and drug abuse have also become chief reasons for suicide. Individuals who have experienced a traumatic experience or persistent sadness are more likely to resort to harmful substances to cope up. Some even go to an extent of mixing pain relievers and antidepressants with other drugs or alcohol, which forms a toxic cocktail and gives the desired effects. It is hard to decipher whether drug poisoning occurs because a person intentionally overdosed or genuinely lacked foresight. Read more
If you or a loved one has an issue with addiction, your problem may extend further than substance abuse. Please call us for help on this matter and we will give you guidance on how to treat this problem.
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