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Doctor insights on: Strong Predictor Of Early Adolescent Substance Abuse

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What are the early signs of substance abuse?

What are the early signs of substance abuse?

Depends: There are different substances which are used and abused ranging from cigarettes, alcohol, prescription narcotics and of course illicit drugs! if the question is being asked there is a good chance abuse is involved! symptoms depend on the substance. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Substance Abuse (Definition)

Substance abuse refers to a dependence on a harmful or addictive substance, most often drugs or alcohol. The substance is often used to suppress difficult feelings and results in impaired intimate and work relationships. Substance abuse is diagnosed by observing the pattern of use, looking for tolerance, and withdrawal upon halting the use of the substance. Recovery begins with the substance abuser admitting being out of control and ...Read more


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What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol/drugs can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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How high is the percent of substance abusers have a mental health disorder?

How high is the percent of substance abusers have a mental health disorder?

100%: Sorry to sound flippant, but officially, i think it's true. If you really mean "abuse" and not periodic over-doing it - it is a diagnosis and really needs treatment to resolve it. Often that treatment can be a 12 step program. But you might mean a dual diagnosis, and while i expect it is quite a high %, it could be that a person is not suffering another disorder too. ...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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What are some signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

What are some signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

Many: This is a tough question to answer briefly. However, some signs would include a variety of emotional problems (anxiety, anger, depression) as well as an increase in behavioral problems. There is a greater likelihood of decreased school performance, increased risk-taking behaviors, and substance use in teens. In teens there may also be episodes of self-harming behaviors, such as cutting. ...Read more

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How much of a role does drug abuse in pregnancy play in adult addiction in baby later?

How much of a role does drug abuse in pregnancy play in adult addiction in baby later?

Family disease: Addiction is a family disease; it may be passed biologically, emotionally and psychologically from parents (or grandparents) to children. ...Read more

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Is substance abuse a form of mental illness?

Both: Mental illness and substance abuse (sa) can be co- occurring disorders. Sa by itself can be seen as a mental illness. Some conditions like depression and anxiety can be causative factors or can be as a result of the substance being used. However the chemical dependency is usually treated first. Then it is easier to know if its a cause or an effect. Getting clean is the path as u treat the others. ...Read more

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How much of a role do drug & alcohol abuse by parents play in addiction in their children?

How much of a role do drug & alcohol abuse by parents play in addiction in their children?

A Lot: There is controversy over whether these traits are genetic in origin, altho i believe they may be. But the modeling behavior of parenting is clearly a factor. ...Read more

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Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Yes.: Once sex is cheapened, unfortunately in the child -molested's eye, sex is devalued. This has been unfortunately been shown to be true. Not for everyone in that situation, but for many! ...Read more

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What are some early indicators of addiction to methamphetamine (dope) ?

What are some early indicators of addiction to methamphetamine (dope) ?

See below: People who become addicted to crystal meth tend to have more energy in the beginning. It can come across as a mild version of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd). Alongside a feeling of more energy, the person eats less and refuses to stay still for long periods. One of the warning signs of meth addiction is financial troubles. ...Read more

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Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

No: Autism is not caused by child abuse, whatever the age--although abuse can certainly lead to lots of other problems, including mental retardation if it includes head trauma. Some abused children do become socially withdrawn, but this is quite different from the social disconnection associated with autism. ...Read more

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Does family culture affect the rate of substance abuse among the members?

Does family culture affect the rate of substance abuse among the members?

Yes: It depends on accessibility and acceptance of abusive substance. In some cultures alcohol is part of tradition so it is easy to have access to the same. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...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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Is schizophrenia associated with emotional and/or physical abuse as a child?

Is schizophrenia associated with emotional and/or physical abuse as a child?

No Connection: There is no association between schizophrenia and childhood trauma. However, trauma and abuse can be related to the later development of various emotional problems. ...Read more

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Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant: Personality disorder is a pervasive lifelong pattern of feelings of inadequacy, sensitivity to rejection, etc.. It’s highly doubtful that APD or other personality disorders, would be a result of childhood trauma. Trauma can make one susceptible to mood and anxiety disorders, most commonly. Regardless, seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist is the best recommendation given your history. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Definition)

occur when use of either illicit , prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively ...Read more