Understanding Addiction and Mental Illness

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Understanding Addiction and Mental Illness

Leading experts claim that addiction and substance abuse can mask many symptoms that under lye other conditions. Many people suffer from depression and anxiety for many years, which usually leads to attempts to self medicate. They are finding out through their recovery the correlation between addiction and mental health.

What is Mental Illness? The American Psychiatric Association defines health conditions as involving change in thinking, emotions or behavior and sometimes a combination of all three. Mental illness is a combination of distress, problems functioning in family activities, social environment and functioning at work. The most common types of mental illness that individuals suffer from include: Anxiety, Depression Disorders, Seasonal Affection Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders and Dementia.

Therefore, anyone can suffer from mental illness. Although mental illnesses are most common in families with a diagnosed history of mental health issues, mental illness can be an onset during someone’s life at any time.  For Example: Their childhood, adolescences, adulthood and even as one gets older in age. Studies are stating that the most common ages are greater in percentage of mental health diagnoses, are between the ages of 18 and late 20’s.  Roughly 50 % of individuals with severe mental illnesses are affected by substance abuse. 37 % are alcohol abusers and 53 % are drug users. Within these percentages, at least one suffers from mental illness. On the contrary, out of all these percentages most individuals diagnosed with mental health issues reflect 29% rates who are alcoholics or drug users.

In conclusion, while substance abuse and mental health suffers is on the rise, we can’t ignore these problems. In fact, if individuals aren’t able to seek advice and care for their addiction, attending special trained facilities, the individuals get worse.  It’s very important that individuals who suffer from substance abuse and mental illness are not alone. There are many avenues to get proper help for individuals, so they can receive an outstanding recovery plan. With many support groups, self help and adequate treatment centers available, individuals can conquer their demons, repair relationships, and focus on a healthy road to recovery.

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