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Are People With Aspergers At Higher Risk For Substance Abuse
No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, i've not seen any problems, even with marijuana. ...Read more
Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more
Older people: Substance abuse is found in older people, but many hide it. Alcohol abuse can be a big one, perhaps discovered when the partner who has been "covering" for the active drinker becomes ill or dies. Prescription drug abuse can be a problem also. I imagine as more "baby boomers" grow into "older people, " there will be additional commonly abused substances coming to light. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could all people that have substances abuse issues have some underlining issue that triggers substance abuse?
Most, not all: Many people with substance abuse issues have underlying psychiatric and emotional problems. In women, early life trauma (physical, emotional and sexual) is extremely common, and it is not uncommon in men as well. Many have personality disorders, particularly borderline, narcissistic and antisocial. Even those without such problems develop personality changes as result of addiction. ...Read more
List is extensive: Depending on the drug, the amount and duration used their is a vast array of effects. Drugs can make you feel great, energetic and self confident. Then again, it can cause depression, shame, guilt, hopelessness, lethargy, psychosis, bad judgement. Seizures, coma, hepatitis brain damage, stroke, death by heart attack, suicide or overdose.. Many get addicted and can't stop. Please don't start now, . ...Read more
It depends: Specific physiological effects depend on the particular drug and amount being used. But no matter what the substance, an addicted person generally ends up with problems in both work and relationships because of pursuing substance use above all else. There are often lies about substance use as well as intoxication that conflict with social roles. There can be neglect of job, parenting, and more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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