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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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This article refers to a long-standing recognition of a correlation between substance use and mental health. This reminds me of the long-standing efforts to assign a cause-and-effect relationship between psychoactive substance use and mental health problems. The DSM-V contains diagnoses such as substance-induced anxiety and mood disorders. While these situations do exist, It is my impression that there is a tendency to over utilize these diagnoses to imply an unsupportable cause and effect, which becomes a distraction in providing treatment. It also supports a stigma about substance use disorders. We don't refer to mental health disorder-induced substance use disorders, even though this is by far more common that the other way around. I am just saying......

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