Daily Archives: February 25, 2012

Whitney Houston, Addiction, Mental Illness: Understanding Self Medication


In light of the continuing controversy surrounding Whitney Houston’s death, including questions of blame and responsibility for what the coroner may determine was an overdose involving drugs and alcohol, here is a look at the science behind the central and often misunderstood concept of self-medication in mental illness, addiction and recovery. My interest in this is both professional and personal. My sister Rita died of a multiple drug cocktail at age 38 — after a downward slide that began over 20 years earlier and finally caught up with her. She was, like Whitney Houston, a victim of her own demons and a culture that favors self-medication over getting mental health treatment. As both of their premature deaths demonstrate, self-medication and aging don’t mix well.

Victoria Costello: Addiction Causes: Understanding Self Medication And How I Lost My Sister To Substance Abuse.

Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic review : The Lancet

This definitive meta-analysis took place in 2007 and there has been nothing to disprove its findings since....”We conclude that there is now sufficient evidence to warn young people that using cannabis could increase their risk of developing a psychotic illness later in life.”

This is for all young people, it’s an even higher risk for those with a genetic load of family mental illness. This should not be mixed up with discussions of medical marijuana use for ADULTS. Here’ we’re talking about young still growing brains under the age of 25...

via Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic review : The Lancet.


What do you think of this anti-online bullying infographic?

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Copy or just click on the embed code below to see the infographic full size. It’s very elaborate and I’m wondering if it’s too much? Or just cutting edge and effective??? If you think it works, please share the primary … Continue reading