There have been opinions about this by doctors, but what the thesis doesn't tell you is they have not done a proper controlled study of humans. They have taken only people suffering from mental illness. Of course many of these people smoke, but also, some of them don't smoke, do drugs or alcohol and sometimes it's because of the environment they were in or they are trying to deaden the anxiety they must surely feel. There is absolutely no validity to the fact people who smoke are connected with mental illness. Tobacco has been around since at least Biblical times, and during WW1, WWII and Vietnam, smoking was accepted and it made the person feel relaxed. There was no big deal back then when people smoked and many teens (myself included) picked up the habit around their peers. Back in those days the tobacco was pure, but tobacco companies (working with the U.S. and Canadian governments) started to put chemicals into the tobacco to hook teens and thus more sales for the tobacco companies and more revenue for the government. Suddenly some governments around the world are trying to blame the tobacco companies (stabbing them in the back because remember, these governments knew about these chemicals added to the tobacco) and to take the heat off themselves and they are now blaming smokers for everything down to the boil on a person's butt. Be aware! The tides could turn on non-smokers more than they can ever realize. If you go into your doctor (with a poor health care system such as the U.S. and Canada) they could simply say if you aren't a smoker then it's secondhand smoke! They don't stop to let you know what quality of air you are breathing from an over abundance of car exhausts, trucks, buses, etc., not to mention factories, and hey, how about this one ... they want to burn coal again! If in doubt get up in the morning, take a white paper towel and clean off your car windshield and you'll see what you are breathing in. It's one ugly scene and it has nothing to do with smokers. If non-smokers would spend 1/8th the time of fighting for better air quality all around instead of blaming smokers and being rude about it (whining) then they would be a far better planet. By shouting, name-calling towards smokers is doing more harm than good and if you don't know about something then you should learn the history of it and instead of whining help smokers! Radio shows came on (nurses came on those shows as well as other medical staff) and said there was no correlation with all lung cancers and smoking because many of the patients they treated with lung cancer never smoked! I told my husband "Just watch, the next thing you will hear is secondhand smoke is the culprit for society's woes." Even the B.C. Lung Assoc., has told white lies and I called them (have it on tape) and their percentages are merely "guesstimates" with no validity to their statement. I rest my case! There is absolutely no proof that cigarette smoke causes many of the diseases they would have you believe or, that secondhand smoke will shave years off your life if you are a non-smoker. They lie about the percentages of people that still go to the pubs for that beer and that just as many (if not more) patrons are coming in because there is no smoking. I for one (among others) did a survey in Vancouver and in my hometown asking if the percentage of patrons were the same or more since the no smoking law came in and there was a 30 - 37% loss of customers and it was hurting their business. Thus, we now have "smoking rooms" or you can smoke outside on a summer afternoon or evening. By no means am I stating that smoking is good for one, but neither are pill poppers for Valium, etc., or alcohol or food junkies. I warned people that if they didn't fight for their rights (including smokers, but having a place to smoke so it's fair to the non-smokers) the next thing the governments would be telling us is that there are too many fat people and here you have it folks! It's started! Our governments are dictating what we smoke, drink, eat, and if you are fat you may just well not get that operation you need. I received a phone call asking if I would considered leaving my organs after I'm deceased. I told them I was a smoker and no I wasn't leaving my organs. I got "Oh, that's OK!!!!" You can't have it both ways, either a smoker is the walking dead and you don't want to leave your organs or smokers are not as bad as one has others believe and want those organs. I am in the process of trying to quit smoking and it's difficult. If my government truly cared for my health then why don't they put their money where their mouths are like New Zealand and pay for the patches or any aid to help one get over the rough spots of smoking? Simple, they don't care! We have to be so careful not to have a Dictatorship in our governments, that things such as smoking can work with non-smokers (having another place for smokers to go too if they want a cigarette) and, that people have the constitutional right to eat what they want and not have a government tell them they are too fat. We are adults and should be able to make our own choices. Last time I looked I wasn't in a Communist country!
addictive behavior likely would be classified as mental illness addiction can also be a physical illness
Any form addiction is prone to relapse, so if you qualify addiction as a mental illness, it is lifelong.
Yes, because drug addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways. Drug Addiction is defined by the DSM4 manual (any condition, if it does exist, is in this manual) as a "brain disorder". Therefore, drug addiction is an illness and it is very real and treatable.
Homosexuality used to be considered a mental illness in a previous edition of the DSM.
In the US, homosexuality was considered a mental illness until 1973.
No. Dyslexia is a learning disability. While coded in the DSM IV, such disabilities are not considered a form of mental illness. Instead they are considered developmental disabilities.
cancer and a mental addiction and illness that kills brain cells
Drug abusers, commonly referred to as addicts, suffer from mental illness. This results from the effect of the drug and also in their strong addiction; they lose their mental stability when they don't obtain their drug dose on time.
Virtually all psychologists in the 1950's considered homosexuality a mental illness. It wasn't removed from the list of mental illnesses in the US until 1973.Virtually all psychologists in the 1950's considered homosexuality a mental illness. It wasn't removed from the list of mental illnesses in the US until 1973.
no it isn't a mental illness
Yes, it is considered an abnormal condition of mental ill-health and is listed in the International Classification of Diseases as 302.1 and is universally considered a mental disease by doctors.
He is an alcoholic.Being an alcoholic is not strictly a mental illness. Anthony Hopkins was a self-confessed alcoholic but conquered his addiction, giving up alcohol for good on 29th December 1975, 2 days before his birthday.
ADHD is classified as a mental illness; it is not a physical illness.
More accurately it is a sign or symptom of mental illness than a mental illness itself
If severe enough to be considered an illness, depression is one of many mental illnesses. Mental health is a term that describes both the constellation of mental illnesses and their treatment or prevention, and the processes and programs associated with them.
Sinusitis is not caused by mental illness. Mental illness can be caused by sinusitis infection.
It can be considered an emotion, but also a state of the mind, because it is a mental illness.
Neither - autism is a neurological disorder or difference.
hmm, not many really. mental retardation is different to mental illness. e.g. serebal paulsey can effect the brain but is mainly physical, so is considered a disability and mental retadation which needs a wheelchair. but e.g. bipolar which is a mental illness isn't physical.
Well, the definition of a disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses or activities. For mental illness just like physical illness it depends on the severity. This is just my opinion.
Mental illness predates recorded history.
not guilty by reason of mental illness