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Alcohol Induced Psychosis

Alcohol-induced psychosis may not get as much media coverage as binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, and alcoholism, but it can be distressing and damaging when alcohol abuse and psychosis co-occur.  Psychosis is a state that can be triggered by certain addictive substances, including alcohol, marijuana, and meth. Psychosis can also exist as a symptom of bipolar,…

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Wet Brain: Alcoholism

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is the clinical descriptor for wet brain syndrome. Wet brain is a rare brain disorder linked to the chronic deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1). A deficiency of vitamin B1 frequently occurs among individuals with poor nutrition. Thiamine deficiency is also associated with long-term heavy drinking.  If wet brain syndrome is diagnosed early, some…

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Diagnostic Overshadowing

Diagnostic overshadowing is a form of medical discrimination sometimes encountered by people with mental health conditions.   What is Diagnostic Overshadowing? Research shows that people with SMDs (severe mental disorders) have higher rates of medical co-morbidity than the general population. Co-morbidity is the simultaneous presence of at least two medical conditions. Studies suggest that people…

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Are Muscle Relaxers Addictive?

If you have been wondering “Are muscle relaxers addictive”, today’s guide will highlight the potential dangers of these prescription medications. Muscle relaxers, sometimes called muscle relaxants, are medications prescribed for the treatment of acute muscle pain and for the discomfort triggered by muscle spasms. A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction capable of causing excessive…

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Can Drugs Cause Derealization?

Substance use can trigger derealization and depersonalization, and it can also cause the onset of depersonalization-derealization disorder.    What is Derealization? Depersonalization-derealization disorder is classified as a mental disorder in DSM-5-TR. DSM-5-TR is the most recent edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Doctors, mental health professionals, and addiction specialists use APA’s diagnostic…