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Is There Such a Thing as Drug-Induced Stoicism?

Stoicism is often described as the ability to repress emotions and detach from one’s unpleasant experiences in order to continue to live a life of pain, negativity, and displeasure. Drug-induced stoicism, then, is the tendency for addicts to detach from their emotional responses to life, even when their drug abuse creates many painful consequences. We may also ask if addiction causes the addict to detach from...

Coping with a Hypomanic Episode

According to the DSM-IV, the medical definition of a hypomanic episode is a period lasting four or more days with elevated, expansive or irritable mood that is clearly abnormal of the usual non-depressed mood. Furthermore, three or more hypomanic symptoms must be present during the period of altered mood. Symptoms that make up the criteria for a hypomanic episode include: Decreased need for sleep (feeling rested...

Autism and Process Addictions

The term “autism” is used to describe a variety of disorders that negatively affect the mental, emotional, and behavioral processes of certain people. There are many types of autism and each can range in severity from frustrating to debilitating. The most common forms of autism are as follows: Asperger syndrome Classic autism Childhood disintegrative disorder Rett syndrome Autistic development disorders not...

When Should You See a Doctor for Depression?

The sad truth about depression is that it is a physical and psychological condition that often includes an unwillingness or disinterest in getting better. The deeper a person falls into depression, the less likely she is to get help. Depressed people often believe they will never feel better, or that they do not deserve to feel better. Some feel ashamed of their depression, while others deny it and blame other...

How to Cope with a Lack of Closure

Many people who face great loss, survive trauma or deal with tragedy desire closure. When used in this context, the term usually means the desire for a satisfying resolution to the crisis. It represents the idea that some day the pain will end, but often this kind of resolution never comes. A lack of closure – especially for a person who expects it – can create considerable distress and pain. Therefore, the key...

What Causes Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse

Eating disorders occur alongside problems with drug abuse in many individuals. Approximately 50 percent of those who struggle with an eating disorder experience some form of drug abuse as well, according to the National Institutes of Health. When people suffer from both an eating disorder and a drug abuse problem, then she has a Dual Diagnosis. Drug abuse problems can develop before, during or after the onset of an...

How to Approach Your Loved One After Trauma

It can be very difficult to know how to express love, support, encouragement or concern to a loved one who has experienced trauma. Whether through military combat or through being the victim of a crime, trauma is a terrible thing. It can cause noticeable and troubling personality changes that make the victim difficult to approach. As a friend or family member, however, you may play a critical role in your loved...

How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

Drug and alcohol addiction is a condition that affects the addict as well as his or her family members, particularly when paranoia is involved. In order to best cope with your loved one’s paranoia, you must first understand the relationship between substance abuse and paranoia. With that understanding, it will be easier to recognize the importance of communication in managing the loved one’s paranoia. However,...

Can Substance Abuse Cause Delusions?

Abusing certain substances can lead to delusions and temporary delusional disorder. Drug-induced delusions typically occur while someone is under the influence of a substance, or for as long as substance abuse continues. Delusions may also occur during drug detox, and they may continue for up to one week after discontinuing the use of a substance. A delusion is characterized by having an absolute belief that a...

What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an impulse-control disorder characterized by an inability to resist displaying bursts of negative emotions. Those who suffer from IED have reoccurring episodes of extreme anger, aggression, and violence. These episodes are grossly disproportionate to the nature of the situation that served as a provocation. During an episode, a person may commit violent threats, actual...

How Grief Affects Mental Health

Everyone experiences grief, sadness and loss at some point in life, and many people can eventually move past it. The problem is that, while most people can move forward after the loss of a loved one, other people find that their lives come to a screeching halt due to their symptoms of grief. In fact, grief can exacerbate or lead to alcoholism, even functional alcoholism. Seek help to address both grief and alcohol...

What Is Complicated Grief?

Complicated grief is an extended, more intense form of grief, which occurs after the loss of a loved one and can produce intense sadness. Time eventually relieves normal grief, but complicated grief can debilitate people by keeping them locked in their depression. People who suffer from complicated grief struggle to accept the loss and resume normal activities, and it can lead to drug abuse. Seek professional help...

Despair and Drug Addiction

Despair is defined as the absence of hope. It is an emotion often associated with sadness or depression, the first being a temporary low mood while the second is chronic and long-term in nature. Sadness, depression and despair can leave a person emotionally exhausted or numb, and he or she may turn to drugs to mask or suppress these negative feelings. Drug use may also cause feelings of despair, as users view...

Adult Addiction and Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

Many people defend substance use or addictive behavior as an action that only affects the addict and no one else. The reality is that addiction affects everyone who is around the addicted person—and close family members are the most harmed. Children of addicts are undoubtedly affected in many ways, both psychologically and physically. The neglect and emotional disturbance that a child suffers in this kind of...

Hypochondria and Substance Abuse

Hypochondria is defined as an abnormal anxiety about one’s health, specifically the fear of having a serious disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypochondria carries with it some serious health risks. Health risks associated with unnecessary medical procedures, depression, anxiety disorders, anger and frustration, and substance abuse can all result from untreated hypochondria. Substance abuse is especially...

Work-Related Stress and Alcohol Addiction

People may relieve stress from work with a glass of wine or a beer, but this is a dangerous practice that can progress without anyone noticing. Drinking to relieve stress is dangerous, because people may train themselves to drink anytime they are stressed, which can lead to alcohol abuse and even addiction. Work may stress you out, but you must learn effective coping skills to reduce stress as well as the risks of...

Grief and Alcohol Addiction

Grief is a natural part of life that everyone experiences at some point. Furthermore, the longer you live, the more grief you will likely experience. Everyone who experiences grief must cope with it in some way or another. There are healthy coping strategies and dysfunctional coping strategies. Attempting to numb your pain through the use of alcohol is without a doubt an unhealthy, destructive coping strategy....

Can Alcohol Cause Personality Disorders?

There are a variety of contributing factors that can cause personality disorders, including genetics, childhood trauma, abuse, negative social relationships and environment. Alcohol can also cause or exacerbate personality disorders, most notably Cluster B personality disorders. In addition, the symptoms of personality disorders often mask the diagnosis of alcoholism or alcohol addiction. Can Personality Disorders...

How Alcohol-Related Liver Damage Can Increase Anxiety and Depression

Liver disease is challenging on its own, but mental health concerns may also develop in someone with alcoholism. People who suffer from liver disease need appropriate treatment, such as changes to diet and personal behavior, but they also need mental health counseling to deal with anxiety and depression. Liver Disease and Alcohol Consumption People who abuse alcohol at high rates can develop serious health problems....

How Alcohol Abuse Can Mask Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a relatively common mental disorder. As many as one in 100 women and three in 100 men may suffer from ASPD. Even though it is prevalent, diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder can be difficult to make. Alcoholism can make the disorder even harder to discover because it provides a kind of camouflage for many of the disorder’s key indicators. Fundamental Differences...

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