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Depressive disorders often cause feelings of sadness, isolation, numbness, hopelessness and chronic disorders. It is common and tempting for an individual to self-medicate when the prescribed medication does not work. A shot or two of alcohol might relieve the symptoms for a while, but the backlash gets worse each time when the substance leaves the body.
Depressive disorders often cause feelings of sadness, isolation, numbness, hopelessness and chronic disorders. It is common and tempting for an individual to self-medicate when the prescribed medication does not work. A shot or two of alcohol might relieve the symptoms for a while, but the backlash gets worse each time when the substance leaves the body.

More than 25% of Americans with depression, mood and anxiety disorder have a substance abuse issue. In most cases substance abuse is directly responsible for different mental disorders and isolation from family and friends. Substance induced psychological disorders are harder to cure and deal with; they require rehabilitation, medication and counselling in order to fully recover.

Disorders induced by substance abuse mostly run from mild stress/anxiety or depression to fully manic and psychotic reactions. A frequently used explanation for this is the countless amounts of chemical reactions taking place inside the body, causing the brain to function abnormally. For instance, when an individual experiences withdrawals, they are likely to suffer from hyperactivity, elevated blood pressure, shaking and agitation. Substance abuse disrupts the natural production of hormones in the body that leads to the body depending on the external sources to meet the required level of hormones rather than producing its own.  

The three most common psychological disorders caused by substance are:

Depression:

Substance abuse hampers the ability of an individual to make sane and conscious decisions leading to reduced social activity, heavy reliance on the drug intake and being completely concerned about the next dose rather than concentration to other important matters in life like work, family and friends. This social disconnection leads to feelings of loneliness and depression. If proper treatment is not taken, the individual can develop suicidal tendencies or aggressive behavior that can be dangerous for people living around the affected individual.

Panic attacks:

Panic attacks occur when an individual under the influence of drugs loses their grip over reality and begins to develop irrational fears that may lead to erratic and aggressive behavior. Substance abuse compromises the individual’s ability to think logically, creating several psychological disorders.

Sleeping disorders:

The third most common psychological disorder caused by substance abuse is sleep apnea. A person suffering from substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms will often have sleep disorders eventually leading to weakness and chronic ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, nausea and headaches.

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