Super-Sensitivity

Super-Sensitivity

Theories that persons with severe mental illness also have biological and psychological vulnerabilities caused by genetic and early environmental life events. When exaggeration of pre-existing conditions occur due to life stress, this might trigger a relapse to an...
Multiple Risk Factor

Multiple Risk Factor

Postulates that shared risk factors contribute heavily to both substance abuse and mental illness, including but not limited to; social isolation, poverty, lack of structured daily activity, lack of authority role models, environmental ease to access of drugs,...
Alleviation of Dysphoria

Alleviation of Dysphoria

In which people with acute mental illness are perceived to have a negative self-image (anxiety, depression, boredom, and loneliness), leading to a higher prosperity to use psychoactive substances as an escape or relief from these negative feelings.
Past Exposure to Psychiatric Medications

Past Exposure to Psychiatric Medications

Explores the possibility that past exposure to psychiatric medication alters neural synapses which might create a new imbalance in the absence of the medication; symptom(s) might appear that can only be treated by the re-introduction of the medication.
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Points to certain types of substance abuse (especially alcohol abuse) exaggerate symptoms common to the condition of autism (impaired social skills, impaired perception of facial emotions, theory of mind deficits and the ability to understand humor).