Addiction-the biggest cause of psychiatric disorders
Drug use and addiction has been one of the biggest challenges among the young adults globally. The use of hard drugs has been on the rise and this has make so many lives to be wretched. Some of these drugs are used to excite the nervous system and as a result cause some dependency syndrome .people with such symptoms when not on drugs are known to exhibit diverse signs bordering mental disturbance like depression and hallucinations.
These abused substances are usually ranging from sex, hard drugs, gambling and food. The patients suffering from this are known to wholly depend on the drugs for the daily survival and can do nothing before taking the drug or substances.
The addiction therapists are therefore concerned with looking at the manner and effect of the addiction problem and the measures of ensuring that the patients are put under proper treatment regimes and the placement of the patient into rehabilitation center.
The addiction problem caused by the drug abuse was found to cause the psychiatric disorders and can be due to some of the following causal factors;
Genetic factors seem to account for some of the co-morbidity of substance abuse and mental disorders. Studies comparing identical and fraternal twins found more instances of having two disorders among the identical twins, indicating that genetics likely play some role.
Some Neuro-chemical factors were also found to be a common thread when psychiatric disorders and addiction occur together. A reduction in the amount of serotonin, a chemical critical to brain functioning, may be the reason that alcoholism and anxiety disorders coincide so often. There is also evidence that addiction and mental disorders are associated with the dysfunction of a group of brain chemicals called monoamine oxidases.
Studies surrounding twins also showed that environment plays a major role in having both a substance abuse problem and another mental disorder.
These reasons and scientific evidences are all pointers to the fact that the addiction is one of the biggest causes of mental disorders. Reducing the prevalence will do the patients and the other members of the public a lot of good.