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Seasonal Affective Alcoholism

Some individuals find that their interest in alcohol is cyclical.  It’s attractiveness seems to peak during the darker, colder months of autumn and winter, and then retracts as the summer warms up and more time is spent outside in the warmth and light of the sun.  Drinking is not a problem unless it’s a problem, […]

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse

Antisocial personality disorder is most commonly used to describe people who have a tendency to violate, disrespect and disregard the rights of other people. This diagnosis is only given to those who are over the age of 18, when these traits are observed in minors they are not treated the same way as they are […]

Borderline Personality and Substance Abuse

Borderline Personality and Substance Abuse

Borderline personality disorder is characterized by multiple different symptoms. However, before borderline personality disorder, or BPD, was declared a diagnosable disorder the term borderline was used to recognize the possibility or existence of “borderline” symptoms of other disorders. This means that being borderline meant that you had some symptoms of other disorders, rather than a […]

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Many people don’t realize the mass of complexities that are tied into a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness. A dual diagnosis of these two can create a dependent relationship that may even intensify the symptoms and mood changes that go along with different mental illnesses. Bipolar disorder is one of many mental […]

Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse

Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse

All is not what it appears to be when you begin to consider the relationship between substance abuse and schizophrenia.  Correlation and causation have been shifting like the wind as new research is revealed concerning different substances.  It’s no longer the case that we can say illicit substances don’t cause schizophrenia.  These generalized statements are […]

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