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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse: Often Go Hand In Hand

Substance abuse, the heavy use of drugs or alcohol, is typically a symptom of a larger problem; in most cases stemming from a mental health disorder of some kind. In most cases, addicts suffer from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and in some cases all three co-occurring. A new government report found that substance dependence or abuse is much more likely to occur in adults with a mental illness, than those without.

17.5 percent of those with a mental illness, and more than 22 percent of those with a serious mental illness, met the criteria for substance dependence or abuse. Only 5.8 percent of those without a mental illness met the criteria, HealthDay reports.

The report showed that two million 12-to-17-year-olds had a major depressive episode in the previous year and they were more than twice as likely to use drugs of some kind during that year, compared with their peers who did not (26 percent vs. 17 percent).

One in five adults in the United States, 45.6 million people, suffered from a mental illness in the past year, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Nearly 30 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 had a mental illness, compared with about 14 percent for those 50 and older. The study showed that women were more likely than men to have a mental illness last year (23 vs. 16 percent).

“Although mental illness remains a serious public health issue, increasingly we know that people who experience it can be successfully treated and can live full, productive lives,” Pamela S. Hyde, head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said in a news release. “Like other medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, the key to recovery is identifying the problem and taking active measures to treat it as soon as possible.”
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1 comment:

  1. The disease of depression has become very popular now days. A good and proper depression treatment is very much required as soon as possible.


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