Archive by category Mental Health

Bringing The Wars Home: Substance Abuse, Mental Health And The Plight Of The American Veteran

Bringing The Wars Home: Substance Abuse, Mental Health And The Plight Of The American Veteran

No group has sacrificed more for less personal gain than veterans. These brave men and women have repeatedly put their lives on hold—and on the line—to defend their country’s interests and honor on foreign shores, leaving behind families worried for their safety and missing them with the fiercest intensity. As a worthy companion to Memorial […]

How To Spend Time Alone Without Feeling Lonely

How To Spend Time Alone Without Feeling Lonely

By Linda Wasmer Andrews @lindawandrews Loneliness is a lousy feeling. People with an addiction may try to dull the feeling with alcohol, drugs or compulsive Internet use. Yet addictive behavior not only fails to solve the problem. It may actually worsen it by isolating people from others and causing them to feel more disconnected than […]

Using Biological Factors To Differentiate Schizophrenia From Psychotic Bipolar Disorder

Using Biological Factors To Differentiate Schizophrenia From Psychotic Bipolar Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health, more commonly referred to as the DSM, is the primary tool used by clinicians attempting to diagnose and treat patients with mental illness. The DSM-V, the most up-to-date version, outlines characteristic symptoms to help professionals discern between a wide variety of mental illnesses. Some share many of […]

How Is Codependency Linked To Addiction?

How Is Codependency Linked To Addiction?

Codependency is not a diagnosable mental health condition, but it is an issue that therapists often see in the lives of their patients. It is also an issue that is frequently linked to substance abuse and addiction. Codependent personality disorder usually has its origins in childhood experiences, as does substance abuse. Together these two problems […]

Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia: Is There A Genetic Link?

Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia: Is There A Genetic Link?

Schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric condition that affects around 1 percent of the population. It can be a debilitating illness without proper treatment, and even with treatment, can severely limit a person’s ability to participate in the routine activities of life. The illness is characterized by delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations and disorganized thinking. Gene […]

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. About 7 percent of U.S. adults experience depression each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For those with a substance use disorder, the risk is even higher. People with drug abuse or dependence are about twice […]

How Is The ADHD, Autism Combo Linked To Smoking And Substance Abuse?

How Is The ADHD, Autism Combo Linked To Smoking And Substance Abuse?

Significant numbers of people affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have diagnosable symptoms of autism (known more formally as autism spectrum disorder). Doctors and researchers know that individuals with ADHD have heightened risks for involvement in some form of problematic substance use, but less is known about the cumulative effects of ADHD and autism and […]