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…

Alcoholism, Alcohol Abuse, and Cancer

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are two conditions that stem from excessive alcohol intake. Technically speaking, alcoholics have an ongoing physical dependence on alcohol, while alcohol abusers have drinking problems that don’t involve physical dependence. Cancer is the general term for cells in the body that grow out of control and damage healthy organs and structures;…

Links Between Substance Abuse and Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is an officially recognized condition that belongs to a larger group of mental health disorders known as personality disorders. People with the condition have a persistent pattern of exploitative, manipulative behaviors that violate social norms, damage or impair relationships, and infringe upon aspects of other people’s personal rights. Some mental health…

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…