Archive by category Mental Health

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 […]

Genetics Hike Risks For Marijuana Addiction And Depression

Genetics Hike Risks For Marijuana Addiction And Depression

People who get addicted to marijuana use, or experience significant marijuana-related dysfunction without becoming addicted, have a condition called cannabis use disorder. Current evidence indicates that individuals with this disorder have unusually high chances of developing depression, and subsequently experience unusually intense combined effects from the two conditions. According to the results of a study […]

When Depression Strikes In Mid-Life

When Depression Strikes In Mid-Life

Mid-life brings with it a host of changes, such as uncooperative joints, embarrassing moments of incontinence, and graying hair.  Many of these undesirable changes are the fodder for not-always-so-funny jokes about aging. Some of the changes that come with middle-age, however, are more serious, including mid-life depression. As people move through their 40s, 50s, and […]