Substance addiction, also known as drug addiction or dependence is a state that develops from consistent drug administration that results in withdrawal when ceased. A gene transcription factor, is a critical factor in the development of all forms of drug addictions. Regular drug abuse may lead to drug addiction or other bodily harm. Drug abuse usually involves selling, buying or abusing these substances, which can lead to arrest, criminal charges, and imprisonment.
Behavioral addictions can result in many of the same negative effects as substance addictions and can be as difficult to overcome. They are usually associated with impulse control, causing an individual to engage in behaviors compulsively beyond the point at which said behaviors have led to negative personal consequences. Like addiction to drugs and alcohol, behavioral addiction connects to the “rush” or “high” one experiences when engaging in a behavior.
Mental illness, like physical illnesses, is on a continuum of severity ranging from mild to moderate to severe. More than 60 million Americans have a mental illness in any given year. Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in five children. Very few people, however actually seek treatment for mental illness. The stigma associated with mental illness is biggest barrier that prevents people from getting or retaining their treatment. A mental illness is a disease of the brain that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior. This results in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common disorders are: clinical depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia — and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal.