Narcotics Aggravate Mental Illness

by Tanya Thomas on  February 8, 2009 at 7:37 AM Mental Health News
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 Narcotics Aggravate Mental Illness
There's a good reason why people suffering from mental illnesses should stay away from narcotics - a new research has found that drug abuse can have an adverse impact on their brains.
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According to Dr. Stephane Potvin of the Universite de Montreal affiliated Centre de recherche Fernand-Seguin at the Louis-H Lafontaine Hospital, nearly 33 to 50 percent of psychiatric patients also suffer from drug addiction.

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The drug consumption leads to deterioration of cerebral structures.

"They become dependant more quickly and they tend to abuse drugs more easily. It is evident that drug use can worsen the symptoms of mental disease," said Potvin.

"The odds that a mental disorder manifests itself in an individual can increase if he or she consumes drugs," he added.

The study also showed that people suffering from mental illness, specifically schizophrenia, are more sensitive to the effects of drugs.

The findings were presented at the conference at the Louis-H Lafontaine Hospital this week.

Source: ANI
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