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Medical News Today: Teen marijuana use may lead to bipolar symptoms later on

A prospective study examines the link between cannabis use at the age of 17 –18 and hypomania — a common symptom of bipolar disorder — in early adulthood.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

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Stigma is a sticky, two-sided issue, one that we talk about often in our field of psychiatry.  Many things are stigmatized. While mental illness is an obvious one --and I'll come back to this-- many other things are stigmatized as well.  To name just a few: drug use, smoking, being a criminal, going to jail, behaving in a disruptive way, smelling badly and being physically unkempt in certain settings, begging for money in public, being on public assistance (in certain circles), beating your children (again, in certain circles), incest (in all cultures), being morbidly obese (especially when it happens in someone ...
Source: Shrink Rap - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: At present, IGT is the most-well validated and efficacious approach if substance use is targeted in an initial treatment phase. For a subsequent phase, additional psychosocial BD treatments may be needed for mood and functioning benefits. SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: This review synthesizes the psychosocial interventions that have been conducted in comorbid BD and SUDs while also providing a perspective on which intervention elements are helpful for addressing substance use versus mood symptoms in patients with these co-occurring conditions. (Am J Addict 2018;27:188-201). PMID: 29596721 [PubMed - in process]
Source: American Journal on Addictions - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Am J Addict Source Type: research
Conclusion Migration was associated with a higher prevalence of all anxiety disorders, in the first, second and third generation, and associated with more psychiatric comorbidities. Moreover, the prevalence increased across generations, and was significantly higher among third-generation migrants, in comparison to first-generation.
Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
I never go anywhere without a drink in my hand. My nosey neighbor had the nerve to ask me if I was an alcoholic. I’m not an alcoholic. I just love ice water, huge, plastic glasses of ice water. The lithium did that to me. Lithium carbonate, which used to be a medication of choice for bipolar individuals, is a salt. It makes you ridiculously thirsty. For over 15 years, I ingested a lot of it daily. The result was a constant, unquenchable thirst. I don’t physically need water anymore, but I’m kind of addicted to it psychologically. Funny, I don’t want juice or coffee or pop. I want water. This drinkin...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Antidepressant Bipolar Creativity Depression Habits Medications Personal Adverse Side Effects Bipolar Disorder Lithium Medication Side Effects Mood Stabilizer Sex Drive Sexual Dysfunction Weight Gain Source Type: blogs
We examined the relationship of translocator protein (TSPO) total distribution volume (VT), a marker of microglial activation, with duration of untreated major depressive disorder, and with total illness duration and antidepressant exposure. Methods In this cross-sectional study, we recruited participants aged 18–75 years from the Toronto area and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, ON, Canada). Participants either had major depressive episodes secondary to major depressive disorder or were healthy, as confirmed with a structured clinical interview and consultation with a study psychiatrist. To be en...
Source: The Lancet Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
This study used this “teachable” opportunity to assess the acceptability of delivering a brief integrated motivational intervention (BIMI) to inpatients and the feasibility of delivery by inpatient staff. Qualitative interviews were completed  with 21 inpatients experiencing co-occurring schizophrenia-related or bipolar disorder diagnoses and substanc e misuse who received the BIMI. Twelve staff members completed either individual interviews or a focus group. Four themes were identified from the qualitative interviews with participants; these were openness/readiness to talk about substance use, feeling val...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Treatment of patients suffering from both bd and aud should always focus on both disorders, either simultaneously or separately. If this approach is successful it is vitally important that care is better organised and that there is cooperation between institutions involved in treating addiction disorders and departments that specialise in the care of bd. These improvements are likely to lead to further developments and to more research into new forms of integrated treatment. PMID: 29436699 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Tijdschr Psychiatr Source Type: research
Depression, alcoholism, and other psychiatricillnesses share disease-related “signatures”involving a disruption in how brain cells communicate with each other.Thestudy, entitled “Shared molecular neuropathology across major psychiatric disorders parallels polygenic overlap,” by Michael J. Gandal et. al., appears inScience,  February 9, 2018.A Washington Postarticle on the study says:“The scientists found similar levels of particular molecules in the brains of people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; other commonalities between bipolar and major depression; and oth...
Source: Addiction Inbox - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: blogs
As a relatively new and still poorly recognized concept, few people come to therapy identifying as suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). As a rule, a diagnosis of C-PTSD comes only after the process of self-discovery in therapy has begun. When people suffering from C-PTSD are referred to a therapist, or decide to seek help for themselves, it is usually because they are seeking help for one of its symptoms, including dissociative episodes, problems forming relationships, and alcohol or substance abuse. One of the more common issues that leads to the discovery of C-PTSD is the presence of an eating ...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Anorexia Binge Eating Bulimia Eating Disorders Loneliness Psychology PTSD Trauma Treatment affect regulation Bingeing Body Image C-PTSD Child Abuse child neglect Childhood Trauma complex posttraumatic stress di Source Type: news
Although dual disorders (DD), addiction, and other mental disorders (MDs) are common in patients using mental health and addiction treatment services, they are not routinely screened for and diagnosed by most health experts. The aim of this article was to present the most relevant findings from the Madrid study on DD in a clinical sample from the Community of Madrid mental health and substance misuse service care networks. The sample consisted of 837 outpatients from Madrid: 208 patients from mental health services and 629 from substance misuse services. We used the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) to e...
Source: Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment - Category: Addiction Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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