EDAS Podcast: Substance Misuse effects on Mental Health

Date Added: 11/05/2020

 
Substance abuse and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety are closely linked.
 
Alcohol and drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of mental health problems
People often abuse alcohol or drugs to ease the symptoms of an undiagnosed mental disorder, to cope with difficult emotions, or to temporarily change their mood. Unfortunately, abusing substances causes side effects and in the long run often worsens the symptoms they initially helped to relieve.
 
Alcohol and drug abuse can increase the underlying risk for mental disorders
Mental disorders are caused by a complex interplay of genetics, the environment, and other outside factors. If you are at risk for a mental disorder, abusing alcohol or illegal or p | 3 prescription drugs may push you over the edge. There is some evidence, for example, that certain abusers of marijuana have an increased risk of psychosis while those who abuse opioid painkillers are at greater risk for depression.
 
Alcohol and drug abuse can make symptoms of a mental health problem worse
Substance abuse may sharply increase symptoms of mental illness or even trigger new symptoms. Abuse of alcohol or drugs can also interact with medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills, and mood stabilisers, making them less effective at managing symptoms.

Learn more about the effects of substance misuse on mental health by listening to our latest podcast.
 
 
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