Is drug addiction considered a mental illness?
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.
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.
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\n. \n Answer \n. \nThere 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.\n. \nTobacco 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!\n. \nRadio 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.\n. \nBy 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.\n. \nI 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. \n. \nI 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! \n. \nWe 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! ( Full Answer )
Many years ago both the American Medical Association and theAmerican Psychiatric Association decided Substance Abuse/Addictionis a disease-that also includes addiction to Alcohol. Drugs addiction is a serious disease that effects your health andsocial life. It can be even deadly (for example, 70.00…0 people peryear In Russia die from heroin overdose). ( Full Answer )
Emotionally yes, cognitively no. However, those who profit from the numerous medications given to those diagnosed with depression will disagree with my opinion aggressively. . I believe it is. I am 18 years of age and have suffered from it since I was 8. As a result of my depression I have suf…fered memory loss. . Depression can be caused by an imbalance in seratonin transmission and reuptake. This means there can be a physical side to depression. The tricky part is in realizing that the physical aspect will cause psychological issues; often it's impossible to determine what parts are physical and what parts are purely mental. ( Full Answer )
How do you have your sister declared incompetent when she is addicted to drugs and you think she is medically and mentally Ill?
It is hard to get another person declared incompetent. Drug addiction is a personal choice, and so long as she is not trying to commit suicide, doctors will not consider that a sign of incompetence. If she is mentally ill to the point where she is demented, then you could have her declared incompete…nt. ( Full Answer )
"Mental illness" is a category into which many kinds of diseases fall, such as depression, anorexia, schizophrenia, and others. If you have symptoms that effect your life but aren't necessarily physical--hearing voices, feeling depressed or suicidal, etc.--please reach out to community resources. Ta…lk to guidance councilors, seek mental health facilities at your university or in your community, talk to a friend, family member, or other trusted individual. Mental illnesses are treatable, and it is possible to recover and feel better. Don't hesitate to reach out for help, and keep talking and reaching out until you find the help you need. ( Full Answer )
Answer \n. \nYes, 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.
Answer . It really depends on the length of time you feel depressed and the the strength of the depression. Some people "feel" depressed or sad and some people "are" depressed.
true When a person stops using he/she goes into a state of remission. If one was to imbibe after a period of time there would be a risk of addiction again.
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.
Any form addiction is prone to relapse, so if you qualify addiction as a mental illness, it is lifelong.
Yes it absolutely is. That doesn't mean that you cannot stop usingdrugs, just that once you stop you will never be able to userecreationally again as chances are it will lead right back tofull-blown addiction. There are Russian treatment methods that have proved that drugsaddiction is not a lifelo…ng disease. In case when people follow 12steps program, they continue fighting it forever. Answer2: Drug addiction does not have to be a lifelong illnessproviding you get the proper, qualified help for your addiction.Drug addiction does affect the brain and body, but with managedcare and avoiding drugs altogether, and associates, any formeraddict can lead a satisfying and productive life. ( Full Answer )
addictive behavior likely would be classified as mental illness. addiction can also be a physical illness
Help your mom has a mental illness and is in denial. How can I make her see that she isn't thinking things clearly and how can I get her to consider taking medication for her illness?
Difficult question, but let's try. You mention mental illness and medicine, but you don't mention if your mother has been seen and diagnosied by a professional, nor whether the medication you refer to was actually prescribed.. If your mother is not clinically diagnosed, it's important to note that …even experts in tihs field are sometimes hesitant to diagnose close relatives, as their own opinions tend to cloud an objective diagnosis. If your mother has not been seen and diagnosed, I'd say your first step is to seek family councilling yourself. This will give you access to a mental health professional, who can offer you some coping tools, a means of getting a clearer picture of what's happenning with your mother, and also an inroad into mental health assistance programs. In this case, your councillor would be an excellent choice to answer this very question.. If your mother has been diagnosed, and has ceased to take the medication she was precribed, you need to consider carefully if you're ethically correct in contacting her councillor, who would be the logical starting point in that this professional has already effected a diagnosis and treatment. If you are a familiy member and not a healthcare professional in the United States, you have no legal barrier preventing you from conveying this information to her care provider, and they may listen freely, although you may have an ethical problem - this is for you to decide. Note that, if you proceed and inform your mother's caregiver, they may only be allowed by law to give you the most general information about your mother, or possibly no information at all (although they may contact her directly). Go gently with them when discussing this, because they, unlike you, are prohibited from revealing specific information by law. Remind them you are only offering and not asking specific information and, as such, make your questions general and hypothetical in order to get the most information legally. ( Full Answer )
\n. \n. \nNo. There is no connection at all.\n. \nHOWEVER: the reduced transfer of glucose to brain cells caused by failure to take diabetic medication can cause mental aberrations in the short term. These can include headaches, hand tremors, extreme irritability including rage, inability to th…ink clearly, a literal inability to smile, no sense of humor and a number of other symptoms. These should disappear within a few minutes when medication is resumed. ( Full Answer )
\nConditions of the body or mind that cause pain, dysfunction, or distress to the person afflicted or those in contact with the person can be deemed an illness. (Wikipedia).
most commonly, antidepressants, mood stablizers, anti psychotic. depends completely on what illness is being treated
usually it is already latent, and may have been worsened by your surroundings e.g. a traumatic event, stressfull home life e.t.c can also be hereditry added There is three ways to "get" mental illness 1. Hereditary - Mental Illness can and usually is passed down from generation to generati…on. It can skip generations and doesn't always show as the same mental illness it can be any of the diagnosis (Dx) 2. Environmental- Child abuse, rape, trauma etc can cause the brain to "tilt" and a person can become Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) Schizophrenic, etc. 3. Chemical- Certain drugs like PCP and LSD, can cause long term mental illness like Schizophrenia, Babies born addicted to Meth. often are born with ADHD, OCD, Aspergers etc. If a pregnant mother is exposed to dangerous chemicals the effect on the baby can be permanent mental illness as well as physical disabilities. 4. The potential for mental illness "may" also be brought on, and I say "may" in quotes because there is evidence but no conclusive proof (can there ever be conclusive proof given human inadequacy?) that prescription psychiatric drugs may cause irreparable harm if administered to children who have been misdiagnosed or are perfectly healthy. I am familiar with a nearby community with one of the highest per capita incomes in the United States. According to friends of mine who live in that community the peer pressure among parents to drive their children toward academic achievement is enormous. Starting in pre-school, doctors are prescribing Ridilin and other drugs to improve their child's focus and attention span. Because there are few studies regarding the long term effects of these drugs on prepubescents, the possibility that serious mental issues may occur years down the road must be regarded as troubling. ( Full Answer )
Alcohol and drug addiction can potentially become a lifelongillness when this problem is not addressed immediately. Thetreatment process will depend on the duration of drug addiction.Drug and alcohol intervention along with counseling can be a key toa successful recovery of a patient. Answer2: Drug… abuse does not have to be a lifelong illness.Everything changes when a person makes up their mind to end selfdestructive abuse to their wonderful mind and body. Get theprofessional help you need to enjoy the wonderful productive giftof life you were meant to. ( Full Answer )
Can you declare someone mentally incompetent if they are addicted to drugs and they took an overdose?
No you cannot. Lots of people get addicted to drugs and sometimes take too much on accident or on purpose but that doesn't make them mentally incompetent.
she was assumed to have been abused by her overbearing husband, causing her to not be able to think for herself. maybe she had battered woman's syndrome.
Yes, drugs and alcohol are both illnesses meaning, once you start, you cant stop. Even with all the new medicine they give you that is supposed to make you stop, people who smoke, or drink don't really commit to it and don't really feel like stopping!
.....Because they occur in the brain? . A mental disease is by definition a disease of the mind, and the mind is generated by the brain.
When a drug user who is physically addicted to a drug tries to get off that drug he gets physically ill the sickness will disappear when the drug is taken again?
Yes, that's correct. Some drugs -- including alcohol and opiates -- are physically addictive, which means that a round-the-clock user who suddenly stops taking the drug will get very, very sick, and can even die. . Death from opiate withdrawal is very rare, and usually only happens to users who are… already in poor health (but still, it is a possibility that should not be ignored). Death from alcohol withdrawal is much more common. If someone you love has a severe alcohol addiction -- if their hands start to shake if they go 5 hours or more without a drink -- the worst thing you can do is take their alcohol away. Many people think that they are helping the alcoholic by flushing their alcohol down the toilet, but in fact, they are risking the alcoholic's life. If you take their alcohol away, and they cannot procure more (say, the liquor stores are closed, or they don't have any money), in less than 24 hours they can go into seizures and die. No severe alcoholic should ever attempt to quit without proper medical supervision. . There are medications available to minimize the withdrawal symptoms. For example, clonazepam is sometimes used to prevent seizures and minimize the shakes an alcoholic gets when he tries to quit. Suboxone or methadone are used for opiate addiction: Suboxone and methadone are opiates themselves, but they do not get you high. These medications replace the other opiate -- the heroin, morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone, etc. -- so the person can quit getting high without suffering painful withdrawal symptoms. . The only other way to get rid of the physical withdrawal symptoms that come from suddenly quitting opiates or alcohol, is to take more opiates or drink more alcohol. So, yes, the physical withdrawal symptoms will disappear if the person starts taking the drug again. ( Full Answer )
Mental illness is marked by the inability to cope withcircumstances in life. It is marked by a set of behaviors whichdoes not lead the person to where they wish to go in life.
it is because once a neuron or synapse has been altered by a drug, it cannot function normally unless the drug is present, so with repeated exposure to a drug a person addicted to the drug develops tolerance to the drug.
You - or anyone else on this earth. There is three ways to "get" mental illness 1. Hereditary - Mental Illness can and usually is passed down from generation to generation. It can skip generations and doesn't always show as the same mental illness it can be any of the diagnosis (Dx) 2. Environmen…tal- Child abuse, rape, trauma etc can cause the brain to "tilt" and a person can become Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) Schizophrenic, etc. 3. Chemical- Certain drugs like PCP and LSD, can cause long term mental illness like Schizophrenia, Babies born addicted to Meth. often are born with ADHD, OCD, Aspergers etc. If a pregnant mother is exposed to dangerous chemicals the effect on the baby can be permanent mental illness as well as physical disabilities. ( Full Answer )
cocaine, crack, heroin ,ecstasy, alcohol. There are others, but these are def. at the top for addictive drugs
because the part of the brain that is making you addicted is very hard to resolve and is diseased for that reason
To be a drug addict means that you have to depend on a abusive drug. It doesn't matter as long as you keep using it.
Depression & Bipolar are classified as 'Mental Illnesses' as they stem from a chemical imbalance in the brain. My opionion is that having an illness that is classified as a 'Mental Illness' doesn't make you mentally ill or crazy. Unfortunatelly many people who suffer from depresssion/bi polar have… this stigma attached - because it's difficult to understand their behaviour is not by choice, but the result of a chemical effect in the body - and people who don't understand the illness are quick to label sufferers. ( Full Answer )
Homosexuality used to be considered a mental illness in a previous edition of the DSM.
mania, paranoia, dementia. The list is very long, and different individuals react differently to drugs. As persons age, they can also become more sensitive to medications and less tolerant of their side effects.
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. ( Full Answer )
A terminal illness is one that cannot be cured or effectively treated and carries a likely prognosis of death. Mental illnesses would not be considered terminal as they are not physical in nature, and therefor not cause death by one simply having the illness.
It depends. On what kind of murder, and why it was done. If it was done for no good reason, just because your bored, then yes, it's an illness. But its because you think it s a good reason, (which it isn't) then it wouldn't be an illness
All addictions are considered a psychological problem. You can determine if playing video games has become an addiction when it begins to get in the way of your other necessary activities, e.g. you get to school/work late because you cannot stop playing, you frequently miss dates, you stop taking… care of your personal hygiene, you stop eating or eat a lot less (going from eating 3 meals a day to just 1 meal because you spend so much time playing). If you consider yourself addicted, seeking advice from a professional is reccommended. I've been there myself ! ( Full Answer )
The brain is the physical representation of the mind. The health of the brain depends on the state of the mind. The state of the conscious mind is dependent on the state of the subconscious mind therefore the health of the conscious mind and brain is dependent on the level of truth in the subconscio…us mind. The mind defaults to the conscious when the subconscious is not present. If the subconscious is present, the decision making process occurs without a person being consciously aware of it. If a person does not subconsciously think (believe, understand, perceive) that dogs are friendly, the person will consciously think about dogs (worry) if placed in an environment containing dogs. If a person subconsciously thinks that dogs are friendly, the person will not consciously think (worry) about dogs if placed in an environment containing dogs. An unhealthy mind and therefore unhealthy brain is characterized by excessive conscious thought . A healthy mind and therefore healthy brain is characterized by limited conscious thought (peaceful). The nature of thought in the mind can change, therefore the brain is relatively plastic. Young minds and therefore brains are the most plastic. As information is transmitted from the environment through the conscious mind and into the subconscious, the subconscious gradually restricts contradicting thought resulting in a more rigid mind and therefore brain. Mental illness changes the relative plasticity of the brain. Medical intervention for mental illness attempts to change the mind and therefore the brain by changing the brain. Psychological intervention for mental illness attempts to change the mind and therefore the brain by changing the mind. The subconscious thought patterns of a client suffering from mental illness are further reinforced by the physical event in the brain creating the inability to stop the subconscious and conscious thought patterns. A distorted perspective of the world results in negative emotions and behaviour that cannot consciously be controlled potentially leading to suicide. ( Full Answer )
a full blown addiction will make people do things they normally wouldn't do to get drugs they will even begin ruining there bodys while there tolerance grows and the amount they use also grows and the frequancy of the use grows to society, crime is detremental its not like a society to condone …drug addiction, its deviant behavior in society since the results are this need to go the extra mile to get more drugs in more more cases the extra mile means crime or self ruin. people love each other and want niether... unless the person is addicted and loves drugs more then people ofcourse.... ( Full Answer )
It depends on numerous factors, including how you define "addicted". A person may be physically dependent or psychologically dependent on a drug. An example of physical dependence is a heroin addict who has loose stools, cold sweats, hot flashes, body aches, nausea and other symptoms when heroin use… is ceased. An example of psychological dependence is when a cocaine addict feels bored, like he has a void in his life, when he ceases cocaine use. The length of time varies between substances and individuals. Some people use drugs all of their lives and never become addicted. Others use drugs only for a short period of time and become addicted. Explaining this answer in full detail would result in me writing a book-sized post, so I will give a brief overview of a few highly addicted drugs. Heroin: Users typically become addicted after 5 days to 2 weeks of heavy daily use. Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, etc): Users typically become addicted after at least one month of daily use. Marijuana: Research is mixed on whether individuals actually become physically dependent on marijuana, with new research supporting that physical dependence occurs but does not present itself due to the long half-life of marijuana. Users typically develop some type of dependence for marijuana after near daily use for multiple months in a row. ( Full Answer )
It depends on what you grow up with saying. If you have a mental illness then it just means your mind acts a different way. So you are not considered crazy. You just have something wrong that may be able to fix.
There is three ways to "get" mental illness 1. Hereditary - Mental Illness can and usually is passed down from generation to generation. It can skip generations and doesn't always show as the same mental illness it can be any of the diagnosis (Dx) 2. Environmental- Child abuse, rape, trauma etc can… cause the brain to "tilt" and a person can become Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) Schizophrenic, etc. 3. Chemical- Certain drugs like PCP and LSD, can cause long term mental illness like Schizophrenia, Babies born addicted to Meth. often are born with ADHD, OCD, Aspergers etc. If a pregnant mother is exposed to dangerous chemicals the effect on the baby can be permanent mental illness as well as physical disabilities. ( Full Answer )
you can't get a mental illness you are born with it i am only 11 and i know this how stupid are you people
In the United States, a psychiatrist (a physician with further specialization in mental/psychiatric illnesses), a regular physician (MD or DO), a Physician Assistant (PA) working under the supervision of such physicians. or a psychiatric or other Nurse Practitioner (NP) may prescribe psychiatric/psy…chotropic drugs/medications for people with mental illness (acute or chronic). In some very limited cases, Registered Nurses and Paramedics may make the decision to give these medications, often under the authority of a standing order from a physician for use in certain emergency or remote location-type situations, or in prison clinics. ( Full Answer )
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.
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.
When a drug user who is physically addicted to a drug tries to get off that drug he gets physically ill the sickness will disappear when the drug is taken away twice true or false?
There are a number of different addictive drugs and they do not all produce the same intensity or persistence of withdrawal symptoms. I have no idea where you would get the idea that taking away a drug twice causes all withdrawal symptoms to disappear. For a drug such as heroin, there can be weeks o…f withdrawal symptoms, and even after that, the craving for heroin persists for years, and may never entirely disappear. So be careful what drugs you use, folks. ( Full Answer )
Drug addiction compels the addict to engage in a specific type of behavior, which is to consume the drug to which he or she is addicted. Nicotine addicts smoke cigarettes. Smoking is a type of behavior. We could describe addiction as a medical condition, which leads to a type of behavior. The behavi…or is a consequence of the addiction. ( Full Answer )
In yourself, the best way to prevent becoming addicted to drugs is to not ever take them in the first place, and avoid places where drugs are used, and avoid those who do drugs. Whether that is practical or not is another matter. You should remind yourself often of the possibility of becoming addict…ed. If you have an unknown tendency for drug addiction, a doctor might prescribe narcotics to you, and you might find yourself on the slippery slope to addiction. You might first start taking a little more than necessary, or take it for increasingly mild symptoms. Then you convince yourself that you need it to be able to cope. Then as discontinuation side-effects come, you find yourself taking the pills to stop the withdrawal symptoms. Another situation would be if someone spiked your drink, tampered with your food, or otherwise gave you drugs without consent. If that happens, get medical attention and maybe get a therapist in case there are lasting effects or you start to crave whatever was given to you. If you must take pain medications, then you should take as little as necessary. You might want to push through some of the pain, and you can tell yourself it is worth it to not become addicted. There is a difference between throbbing pain and just a low but steady burning sensation. For milder pain, you should avoid narcotics, even if prescribed, unless you are unable to take over the counter medications. If you get a mild headache at the same time of day for a while, you might want to try roughing it without medications to see if the headaches stop. However, migraines are another story, and in that case, always follow the doctor's orders. If you mean preventing it in others, that is a bit harder. You can give them correct information, suggest therapy, let them know you care too much to let them throw their lives away, and continue to give love and support. In children, you should know where they are at all times and who they are with. Plus you want to maintain an open relationship to where they will be honest with you, even if the truth is embarrassing or will get them in trouble, and where they will come to you if they have questions or need help. ( Full Answer )
Some types of medications for mental illness are Celexa.Amytriptaline, Paxil, and Wellbutrin. These types of medications represcribed by a physician and are closely monitored.
Mood stabilizer medication, which is used to treat bipolar illness,has able to exactly replace a missing brain enzyme to treat mentalillness.