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From drug abuse and alcoholism to depression and low self-esteem, Robbie Williams has battled it all
03-06   From drug abuse and alcoholism to depression and low self-esteem, Robbie Williams has battled it all

Celebrities are mostly perceived as infallible and larger-than-life human beings who are immune to the problems faced by general public. As it turns out, some of celebrities are no different from common individuals when it comes to their mental health. Singer Robbie Williams, widely regarded as the United Kingdom’s most successful solo artist ever, recently […]

Altered brain activity in marijuana users may explain feelings of alienation, reveals study
01-31   Altered brain activity in marijuana users may explain feelings of alienation, reveals study
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The association between marijuana use and an increased risk of psychiatric disorders has been the subject of much debate. Past research has established a link between frequent marijuana use during adolescence and an increased risk of psychotic-like experiences (PLE), psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. However, uncertainty exists regarding the underlying mechanisms of such associations. […]

Teen marijuana use linked to bipolar symptoms in early adulthood, finds study
12-07   Teen marijuana use linked to bipolar symptoms in early adulthood, finds study
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Ongoing research over the past few years has established a link between teen marijuana use and an increased risk of psychiatric disorders. However, there is insufficient research exploring the association between adolescent marijuana use and symptoms of bipolar disorder. Researchers from the Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, undertook the first-of-its-kind […]

Exploring bipolar disorder and its treatment options
01-02   Exploring bipolar disorder and its treatment options

Bipolar disorder, a mental illness that whipsaws patients from dizzying highs to crushing lows, can be particularly challenging to treat – especially in children. Like any mental disorder, there is still much to learn about how the disease develops and how to treat it. Recently, Medscape.com conducted an interview with Stephen Strakowski, M.D., of Dell […]

Predisposing risk factors may lead to dual diagnosis
05-09   Predisposing risk factors may lead to dual diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is a term used when mental illness and substance use occur together in the same person, either simultaneously or one right after the other. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about half of those with mental disorders use drugs compared to the general population, and about half of those with […]

Everyone needs help: Five strong resources for recovering teens
03-31   Everyone needs help: Five strong resources for recovering teens

The Al-Anon program has been doing good work for “the families and friends of alcoholics” since 1961. It provides a 12-step program for people who are affected by the addiction of someone close to them. They even have Al-Ateen, a program expressly geared towards adolescents. Nar-Anon and Narateen offer similar programs for the friends and […]

The dangers of eating disorders and co-occurring mental illness
01-29   The dangers of eating disorders and co-occurring mental illness

Teenagers are a psychologically vulnerable group due to a wide range of physical, mental and social changes. During this vulnerable age, teens often develop one or more mental illnesses that can seriously endanger their future physical and mental health. When a teen has an eating disorder as one of multiple comorbid conditions, the combination is […]

Is there a link between marijuana smoking and schizophrenia?
01-11   Is there a link between marijuana smoking and schizophrenia?

When investigating the possibility of a connection between marijuana smoking and schizophrenia, it is immediately apparent that there are two schools of thought. One camp believes that marijuana can trigger schizophrenia in those who are predisposed to the disease due to genetics or family history. The other camp believe those with schizophrenia are at increased […]

Study links ADHD, substance abuse, conduct disorder to same neurocognitive connection
08-28   Study links ADHD, substance abuse, conduct disorder to same neurocognitive connection
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A study performed by researchers at both the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research center has found that ADHD, conduct disorder and substance abuse share their origins in the same neurocognitive deficit which also explains why these issues often occur together. This study was published on July 30, 2014 in the American Journal […]

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