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Drug And Alcohol Abuse Is A Serious Problem Among Many Young People
Early Alcoholism: Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery. Part of the concern is that younger drinkers' (i.e. - preteens or adolescents) brain development is stunted by substance use. A second concern is that young people who abuse alcohol learn to depend on it in social situations, etc. That they are still learning to navigate. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more
Any reason that many pro wrestlers seem to die at relatively young ages? Is steroid use and abuse of painkillers a likely culprit?
Very common: It is the fastest raising population of abusers. Unfortunately, very common. About 50% of my patients are teenagers. The parents often have no idea. The biggest problem is that teenagers feel, which is unfortunately age-appropriate, that nothing bad will happen to them. Seeing their pears in troubles or even dying does not help. Find a psychiatrist who worked with teenagers, not just with addictio. ...Read more
Does stress and depression actually cause memory recall problems in young people or is there a more common cause? Like too much computer use?
Many causes: Of course, problems like drug use, depression & chronic sleep disturbance cause the most serious memory problems in young people. But there is some evidence that young people are not exercising their brains in the same way their grandparents did. Today young people rely on Smart Phones for their appointments, directions, names of new people they meet, etc. Develop your brain's own hard drive! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Roll playing: Growing up requires a process of testing lifestyles, activities, beliefs & finding what works. Alcohol is promoted as a stress releaver that cool people use (which teens want to be)& many teens use it to "bond" in their rite of passage with groups of others at the same stage.A bit more available than "drugs", some believe it is harmless & fail to believe its use could lead to death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't have a : Statistical response for you. However, there is a great overlap of symptoms between certain drug addictions ; psychological disorders. Additionally, drug abuse can trigger or worsen psychiatric disorders. ...Read more
Can frequent alcohol-abuse consumption for a year and a half cause any major health problems for a young (in 20s) active male?
Maybe: Maybe. Acute gastritis is common from excessive alcohol consumption, for one thing. Too much alcohol does not contribute to good health. Young people often think they're invinsible and believe they can just bounce back from stuff. Such is not always the case. One is liable to make unwise choices while intoxicated. ...Read more
Is it possible that children of alcoholics/addicts tend to have more anxiety problems than other children?
Maybe...: Probably not more, just different. You may find the book "an adult child's guide to what's 'normal' " helpful. Also, al-anon, codependents anonymous and other support groups can help. You may also want to seek the help of a therapist who specializes in addiction, codependency and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a lot of stress cause major depression or amphetamine abuse for someone who is bipolar and on meds for it?
Not exactly: Stress does not cause major depression or amphetamine abuse, but bipolar people can become depressed, & amphetamine abuse can destabilize someone with bipolar disorder. Often substance abuse leads to disrupted sleep cycles, & forgetting to take mood stabilizing medications -- thus worsening the illness. Recovery programs for drug abuse and talk therapy to learn to deal with life stresses, help. ...Read more
Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?
Addiction+ diagnosis: Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm). However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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What are the most common crimes among people with serious mental disorders? I am researching for my AP Language 11 class.
Research: Being victims of violent crimes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why is it important to raise awareness of rare disorders? Lizzie Velasquez is famous for a disease that few people have, while millions suffer from Diabetes...
Both are important: It is important to raise awareness of rare disorders so that people suffering from them can be recognized, diagnosed and treated. It is also very important to make people aware of common disorder such as diabetes and heart disease so that they will recognize symptoms and get treated. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Use of tobacco in any form can start the process for many diseases, including cancer, heart and lung disorders, though it may occur years later. You may get addicted to tobacco and may not be able to quit it when you realize that it is bad for your health.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
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