How and Why Is Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Related to Substance Abuse?

Question by M: How and Why is Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder related to substance abuse?
I know the symptoms and what Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder is but how and why are they related to substance use?

Try to be clear when explaining this to me please and Thanks for the help!

This is really important to me!!

Best answer:

Answer by Flubbety Yu
many people with chizophrenia or bi[olar disorder will self medicate with whatever drugs are available ( usually pot) to offset the symptoms.

What do you think? Answer below!

 


 

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4 Responses to How and Why Is Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Related to Substance Abuse?

  • ckngbbbls says:

    Folks who do not abuse drugs or haven’t ever taken them also have either these mental conditions.
    There might be brain damage from substance abuse that could cause them but in general, neither condition is related ONLY to substance abuse.
    google is a wonderful thing and will bring you much more information than I could.
    Try it.

  • Set fire to the rain. ? says:

    What is the relationship between drug abuse and mental illness?
    Many chronic drug abusers–the individuals we commonly regard as addicts–often simultaneously suffer from a serious mental disorder. Drug treatment and medical professionals call this condition a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis.

    What is chronic drug abuse?
    Chronic drug abuse is the habitual abuse of licit or illicit drugs to the extent that the abuse substantially injures a person’s health or substantially interferes with his or her social or economic functioning. Furthermore, any person who has lost the power of self-control over the use of drugs is considered a chronic drug abuser.

    What is the relationship between drug abuse and mental illness?
    Many chronic drug abusers–the individuals we commonly regard as addicts–often simultaneously suffer from a serious mental disorder. Drug treatment and medical professionals call this condition a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis.

    What is the relationship between drug abuse and mental illness?
    Many chronic drug abusers–the individuals we commonly regard as addicts–often simultaneously suffer from a serious mental disorder. Drug treatment and medical professionals call this condition a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis.

    What is chronic drug abuse?

    Chronic drug abuse is the habitual abuse of licit or illicit drugs to the extent that the abuse substantially injures a person’s health or substantially interferes with his or her social or economic functioning. Furthermore, any person who has lost the power of self-control over the use of drugs is considered a chronic drug abuser.

    What are some serious mental disorders associated with chronic drug abuse?

    Chronic drug abuse may occur in conjunction with any mental illness identified in the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV). Some common serious mental disorders associated with chronic drug abuse include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, manic depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. Some of these disorders carry with them an increased risk of drug abuse

    Which occurs first–chronic drug abuse or serious mental illness?

    It depends. In some cases, people suffering from serious mental disorders (often undiagnosed ones) take drugs to alleviate their symptoms–a practice known as self-medicating. According to the American Psychiatric Association, individuals with schizophrenia sometimes use substances such as marijuana to mitigate the disorder’s negative symptoms (depression, apathy, and social withdrawal), to combat auditory hallucinations and paranoid delusions, or to lessen the adverse effects of their medication, which can include depression and restlessness.

    In other cases mental disorders are caused by drug abuse. For example, MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy), produces long-term deficits in serotonin function in the brain, leading to mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. Chronic drug abuse by adolescents during formative years is a particular concern because it can interfere with normal socialization and cognitive development and thus frequently contributes to the development of mental disorders.

    Finally, chronic substance abuse and serious mental disorders may exist completely independently of one another.

    Hope this helps :)?

  • Lila says:

    Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar are diseases just like diabetes or heart disease and require the right safe medications. They are both caused by disruptions in brain chemicals and are inherited. Alcohol has nothing to do with and cannot cause either Schizophrenia or Bi-Polar. But if one with either of the diseases on or off of medication drink this will cause serious problems and cause the medications to not work. If one is not taking the right medications and drinks this is called “self medicating” and only makes the symptoms much worse.

  • sizzlerguy says:

    The connections between substance abuse and mental illness is a convenient mix of propaganda spread by the drug companies, corporate psychiatry, the ruling class elitists, the FDA, the AMA, and the government.

    According to “them,” anyone who ever smoked a joint is labeled with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, very convenient to peddle their propaganda and to push their mind altering, brain damaging, brainwashing toxic poisonous Big Pharma prescription neuroleptic torture drugs on the just about anyone.

    The connection is clear, big money, power and authority to abuse for all those involved

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