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 Are Codependency And Addiction Connected?

How Are Codependency And Addiction Connected?

The term codependency is one with a meaning that is debatable in psychology. Official guides, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, do not recognize codependent personality disorder as a true psychological disorder, but in many practical ways it does exist. The problem is that so many of us display characteristics of codependency that we […]

Substance Abuse And Disability

Substance Abuse And Disability

Whether a disability stems from an accident or a medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis or a serious mental health disorder, it often has a serious and negative impact on a person’s emotional well-being. In some individuals, that impact leads to the abuse of alcohol or drugs. Some want to numb the physical and /or […]

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 […]

How Is Gambling Addiction Similar To Cocaine Addiction?

How Is Gambling Addiction Similar To Cocaine Addiction?

Cocaine addiction is a prime example of classic substance addiction, which occurs when brain changes related to drug or alcohol use lead to persistent substance cravings and severely dysfunctional patterns of behavior. Gambling addiction is the only officially recognized form of behavioral addiction, which produces cravings and dysfunctional behavior not related to substance use. In […]