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What Is the Difference Between Organic and Synthetic Drugs?

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What Is the Difference Between Organic and Synthetic Drugs?

Organic drugs are substances that can be found naturally in the environment and produce certain effects without be chemically altered. Synthetic drugs are substances not found naturally in the environment but are manufactured through chemical synthesis. Organic drugs are often plant based substances that grow naturally in certain environments and examples include the following: Cannabis – Also known as marijuana, this plant contains several psychoactive compounds with the most prevalent being THC. Cannabis can be found naturally and is also intentionally grown for recreational and...

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What Causes Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse

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What Causes Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse

Research suggests that about half of all eating disorder sufferers also abuse drugs or alcohol. This rate is 5 times greater than the average population. As alarming as this rate is, it is also unsurprising. If individuals are willing to compromise their physical health by practicing unhealthy eating habits, it is likely that they will also be willing to compromise their physical health for drugs or alcohol. Both eating disorders and drug abuse carry life-threatening consequences, and they often go hand-in-hand since they share several risk factors, causes and characteristics. While...

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How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

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How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

Dealing with a family member’s substance abuse and addiction is difficult. The effects of addiction can cause problems in a family if the situation is not handled with care and understanding. When you add paranoia into the mix, it just becomes that much more difficult. Paranoia is a mental disorder that can be classified by projected conflicts and emotions that can lead to suspicion and aggression directed at the self or other people. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), some anxiety and paranoia can be caused by substance abuse and addiction....

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Can Substance Abuse Cause Delusions?

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Can Substance Abuse Cause Delusions?

Those who suffer from delusions hold their beliefs with strong conviction despite extraordinary evidence to the contrary. Delusional disorder is a mental health condition in which a person cannot discern what is real from what is imagined. Delusions are not necessarily bizarre in nature. People who suffer from delusional disorder have delusions of ordinary situations that could occur in normal life, such as being followed, watched or loved from afar. Delusional disorder is classified as a type of psychosis. Other symptoms of psychosis include hallucinations, which are similar to delusions but...

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The Difference between Depression and Feeling Down

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The Difference between Depression and Feeling Down

Many of depression’s symptoms are also common parts of normal life. As a result, patients and their families may find it difficult to understand or recognize it as a mental disorder. However, key differences in the duration, causes and strength of symptoms can distinguish between feeling down and having depression. What Emotions Indicate Depression A person’s prevailing emotions are central to identifying depression. A person with depression will suffer from at least one of the following problems: first, an inability to be interested in or pleased by any previously enjoyable activity;...

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What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

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What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Anger is normal part of life. Most adults can process anger and work through most situations. For others, however, rage periodically leads to eruptions of abusive language and violent actions. If nothing else explains their problem, these people may be suffering from intermittent explosive disorder. Identifying Intermittent Explosive Disorder Intermittent explosive disorder is characterized by isolated explosive incidents, which cannot be explained in another way. An incident that points to IED occurs when a person feels an impulse of anger or aggression and then acts out by either destroying...

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