Drug Use and Mental Illness Literature?
January 20, 2008 5:21 PM Subscribe
Does literature exist that describes a relationship between adolescent "hard" drug use and later development of mental illness? I am interested in peer-reviewed journal articles and reputable websites.
posted by dendrite to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have known some friends and family to develop mental illnesses and be briefly institutionalized (e.g. for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.) Each of these individuals has a history of abusing narcotics in their teenage years that was months or years previous to their psychotic episodes. The drugs in question that were used were meth, excessive hallucinogens, and coke (not so much marijuana.)
I'm want to read about how use of these drugs may have lead to (or increased the development rate of) the mental illnesses that later manifested. I am also interested in learning if the early stages of mental illnesses can actually lead someone to start using narcotics - perhaps as some misplaced attempt to address their cognitive deficiencies. Thanks for any resources you can provide.