The Development of Mental Health Disorders

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Mental Health Disorders are Caused by Different Factors

There are many reasons someone can develop a mental health disorder. Some of them are genetics, environmental factors, and abusing drugs and alcohol. While many people think that abusing drugs and alcohol doesn’t affect the chances of developing a mental health disorder, studies have indicated that it does. Sometimes when someone is abusing drugs and alcohol, the mental health disorder can come to surface as well. This is known as a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis.

What is a co-occurring disorder?

A co-occurring disorder is when someone has one or more mental health conditions at the same time like a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Someone may not know that they have a co-occurring disorder, and continue to act out in ways that are out of character.

Substance Abuse Makes Mental Health Disorders Worse

Abusing drugs and alcohol while having a mental health disorder increases the negative effects of the substance being used. The side effects are compounded and if not controlled, it can lead to the following behavior.

More severe mood swings

A higher number of poor judgement decisions

Severe irritability and hostility.

Of course, no one has to live like this. Resources and treatment are available. There are support groups available in every  part of the country.

There is not a one size fits all solution. ASAP Rehab can Help.