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Drug Abuse and Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a characteristically severe form of mental illness that produces symptoms such as delusional states of mind, hallucinations, and a loss of normal emotional expressiveness, motivation and/or thinking skills. Along with several other illnesses, it belongs to a group of mental disorders known as psychotic disorders. People who abuse drugs sometimes develop symptoms that …

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Simultaneous Occurrence (Comorbidity) of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Comorbidity is a term that doctors use to describe the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or disorders within the same person. In addition to merely being present at the same time, these conditions interact significantly, alter each other’s expression within the body, and alter each other’s long-term outcome. Strong comorbidity exists between substance …

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Stimulant Abuse and Sexual Addiction

People with cross-addictions are individuals who switch from one addiction to another, while people with co-occurring addictions struggle with multiple addictions simultaneously. Cross and co-occurring disorders are especially common with sex addicts. In one survey of male sex addicts, 87 percent of the respondents reported they regularly abused either addictive substances or other addictive behaviors. …

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Developmental Disabilities and Addiction

Developmental disabilities are defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as those that cause intellectual, social, and mental incapacities inhibiting normal development in individuals. These can be diagnosed at any age from birth up to the age of 22. Such developmental disabilities may include one or more of the following, to varying levels …

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Mental Health Issues and Addiction

Mental health issues are medical conditions which affect the behavior, social ability and perceptions of the sufferer. Such conditions are most often diagnosed utilizing data within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, first published by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952. This manual is updated and renewed as new disorders are recognized and …

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Eight Dimensions of Wellness for Those With Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders

What does wellness mean to you? For millions of Americans, the definition of wellness likely means a sense of overall well-being. But for those who suffer from mental and substance abuse disorders, wellness does not mean an absence of disease, illness or stress, but rather feeling a sense of purpose in life, being actively involved …

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Hoarding: A Compulsive Mental Disorder

Many of us hang on to treasures and memorabilia from the past, but our homes are not so overwhelmed with clutter that it becomes detrimental to our health and safety, let alone our sanity. Others are not so lucky. For some individuals, hoarding, or the obsessive compulsion to collect anything and everything – has become …

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Process Identified for Diagnosing PTSD

The first step toward treating those with post-traumatic stress disorder is successfully identifying the problem. According to a post in the Science Daily, researchers at the University of Minnesota VA Medical Center have identified a biological marker in the brains of those who exhibit PTSD. The study findings are published January 20 in the Journal …

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