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Many people use substances to cope with, or “self-medicate,” difficult feelings. Unfortunately, using alcohol or drugs to relieve negative feelings can actually prolong them or cause them to recur. This is because alcohol and certain other drugs affect the central nervous system as a depressant, exacerbating symptoms of sadness and fatigue, leading to a vicious […]

Although mental health disorders and substance use disorders are different from one another, they often coexist together. Many individuals who struggle with problems like stress or depression often resort to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. On the other hand, individuals who have drug and alcohol dependency issues can suffer from severely damaged mental […]

New findings from a team of American scientists point to underlying genetic factors as a probable explanation for co-occurring symptoms of bulimia and alcohol abuse/alcoholism in Caucasian-American and African-American women.

New findings from a team of Dutch and American researchers indicate that people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have symptoms that partially overlap with conditions called somatoform disorders, although BPD symptoms also differ in important ways.

Bipolar disorder manifests itself in one college student’s “need” to sexually expose himself on campus. Marty was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder in the spring of his junior year in college. The symptoms had emerged during adolescence, but it wasn’t until a particularly startling manic episode that Marty’s doctor knew his depression was more than […]

The link between alcohol and depression has long been known, but there has been much disagreement about whether alcoholism causes depression or vice-versa. The relationship between the two is alluded to by several facts, including that around one third of people who suffer from major depression also have a problem with alcoholism and that teens […]

The symptoms of PTSD are painful and terrifying. Whether the original traumatic event was a single horrible incident (a natural disaster or a car accident, for example) or a daily life colored by chronic trauma (domestic violence or living in a war zone), when a person develops PTSD, the suffering is profound. Medications may be […]

Roughly 11 percent to 13 percent of people who receive a diagnosis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) also meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder. According to the results of a study published in 2013 in the journal Cognitive Behavior Therapy, people simultaneously affected by an […]

Oftentimes, when a person shows symptoms of an addiction to something, there are other problems at play in their mind. For the addiction to be treated, the other disorders also need to be addressed. A webinar that focused on how to counsel the pathological gambler revealed other disorders that often co-exist with a gambling addiction. […]

The risk of having a co-morbid mental disorder is higher among those who have a substance use disorder such as an alcohol addiction. While there are various factors that lead to the development of an alcohol use disorder, there have been many studies that focus on the presence of alcohol use disorders in those who […]