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Does smoking weed as a teenager relate to developing schizophrenia?

Does smoking weed as a teenager relate to developing schizophrenia?

Possibly: There is a lot of research on this. What is known is that people (usually late teens) about to have their first psychotic episode often begin using or increase the use of marijuana. Unclear is the cause of that connection. Perhaps emerging psychosis changes values, leading to new activities such as marijuana use; or perhaps marijuana has an effect on the brain, speeding the psychotic process. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A chronic mental disorder characterized by loss of touch with reality (psychosis), often with paranoia, delusions, and auditory hallucinations, ...Read more


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Can smoking marijauana as a teenager actually cause schizophrenia/psychosis?

Can smoking marijauana as a teenager actually cause schizophrenia/psychosis?

Yes: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

YES: Smoking weed whether you have aspergers or not increases the risk of developing psychosis/schizophrenia. It also increase the chance of developing what in other countries is referred to as "amotivational syndrome" where the person level of motivation and volition drops significantly please stop using for your health feel better. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana as a teenager cause you to develop panic attacks?

Can smoking marijuana as a teenager cause you to develop panic attacks?

Maybe: Marijuana can lead to a "heightened" state of awareness (paranoia). This may, in fact, precipitate a panic attack in people who are so predisposed. ...Read more

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I know that smoking is a strong risk factor for osteoporosis. Does smoking also make me more likely to develop arthritis?

I know that smoking is a strong risk factor for osteoporosis. Does smoking also make me more likely to develop arthritis?

Yes it can: Smoking in a genetically susceptible person can cause rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking has also be associated with arthritis of the spine smoking can also cause a variety of health problems including heart disease, lung disease and cancer. Why do you smoke? ...Read more

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Does smoking weed around a child cause problems like cigarettes?

Does smoking weed around a child cause problems like cigarettes?

Yes: I agree with everything dr snead said. But why are you using drugs in front of your children? It's bad enough you use drugs, but modeling this behavior for them to mimic will encourage their subsequent drug use. Please think about your parental responsibilities, and put this adolescent drug behavior behind you. If you can't, please seek drug/alcohol rehab help. Do it for your kids! ...Read more

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Does having a series of schizophrenia condition in the family make me prone to Major Depression? Or is schizophrenia not related to my depression?

Does having a series of schizophrenia condition in the family make me prone to  Major Depression? Or is schizophrenia not related to my depression?

Might be. : Many times, people have illnesses that go unreported and show up as other illnesses. For now I would be cautious and make sure you take care of your health, stress levels and diet. All 3 can affect your depression. Illnessess and psychiatric ones can run in the family. Alcoholism can mask depression or bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher.I also have Asperger's syndrome ?

Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher.I also have Asperger's syndrome  ?

Maybe: More recent research and annecdotal reports show smorking marijuana to cause schizophrenia type symtoms. Marijuana use in any form will cause significant changes in your brain function. THC is a fat soluble substance and your brain is more than half fat by composition ...Read more

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If smoking can stunt growth, is it possible that prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke (ie if a parent smokes in the house) could affect growth?

If smoking can stunt growth, is it possible that prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke (ie if a parent smokes in the house) could affect growth?

Don't know: But constant exposure to second hand smoke can have long term health effects such as lung and heart disease It is a common cause of asthma in children exposed to second hand smoke from parents and granparents ...Read more

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What causes a brain aneurysm to develop then rupture for people in their early 20s? Hereditary? Lifestyle choices like smoking? Please elaborate

What causes a brain aneurysm to develop then rupture for people in their early 20s? Hereditary? Lifestyle choices like smoking? Please elaborate

Brain aneurysm young: What causes a brain aneurysm to develop then rupture for people in their early 20s? Hereditary? Lifestyle choices like smoking? Please elaborate. ANS: 1 cause is inherited high BP called glucocorticoid remedial HTN. Also rare families with short fingers. I specialize in these and happy to do 2nd opinion. Need pictures of hands. Others have inherited weak artery walls. BCPs increase risk. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana alkaline or acid forming. What does smoking marijuana do for a sinus cancer?

Is smoking marijuana alkaline or acid forming. What does smoking marijuana do for a sinus cancer?

Whoa: Everything you read online about "acid-forming" and "alkaline-forming" is pseudoscientific fantasy. Ignore it. If you have a sinus cancer, you need to get it removed definitively, and keep in mind that the remaining epithelium probably bears a few field-change mutations that predispose to your getting it again. Smoke's a likely risk factor. How about just getting high on life's beauty? ...Read more

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Does taking lsd have an association with developing a mental illness in the future?

Does taking lsd have an association with developing a mental illness in the future?

No: But the effects of lsd on future "flashbacks" are poorly understood. The problem with "street drugs" are not necessarily the drugs themselves. I could talk about lsd in detail. But, because it is illegal, and you are buying it off the street, we have no way of knowing what you are actually taking. It could be lsd. Or, it could be something completely different. ...Read more

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What negative effects can eating/ smoking cannabis have to an unborn child?

What negative effects can eating/ smoking cannabis have to an unborn child?

Prematurity: Good data demonstrate higher incidence of prematurity, chromosomal breaks or abnormalities, and later learning disabilities in fetuses exposed to marijuana. Much of this data comes from countries were the government maintains robust and unified health information such as scandinavia or new zealand, and therefore has high validity. ...Read more

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Does cigarette smoking make you a better student? Is the link between nicotine and improvement in memory/conc. Unclear? Would this be offset by psycholog. Problems caused by smoking/using nicotine?

Does cigarette smoking make you a better student? Is the link between nicotine and improvement in memory/conc. Unclear? Would this be offset by psycholog. Problems caused by smoking/using nicotine?

Not clear: Nicotine and related compounds have been shown to cause l learning, mood and anxiety disorders in exposed fetus and developing children and young adults. There may be improvement in memory and attention in dementia and the effects of hypothyroidism. So if you have a learning growing brain it will probably mess you up and certainly not make you a better student. Unless you're demented, forget it. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you smoke to much cannabis does it cause schizophrenia or other pyschotic problems?

I'm just wondering, if you smoke to much cannabis does it cause schizophrenia or other pyschotic problems?

Possibly: There is literature to indicate that cannabis increases the likelihood of an individual who is predisposed to developing schizophrenia to express the condition. In addition, individuals who have psychotic conditions are especially adversely effected when they use cannabis. ...Read more

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How much of a role does alcohol abuse by parents play in developing addiction in children?

How much of a role does alcohol abuse by parents play in developing addiction in children?

A lot: You sound correctly concerned.Now let's confer with an excellent psychiatrist . For you! for the kids ! ...Read more

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Does OCD as a child predispose you to anorexia later in life?

Does OCD as a child predispose you to anorexia later in life?

Possibly: Most people with eating disorders have complex issues (comorbidities) including generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, ocd, depression, poor self image, ad/hd and others. So, compared to kids without ocd, those with it are more likely to have associated conditions, including eating disorders. ...Read more

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Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but: There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations. ...Read more

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