Is social anxiety disorder linked to drug abuse?Too many cases of Social Anxiety Disorder go undiagnosed and untreated. Is it possible that social anxiety disorder is one of the main underlying...

Is social anxiety disorder linked to drug abuse?

Too many cases of Social Anxiety Disorder go undiagnosed and untreated. Is it possible that social anxiety disorder is one of the main underlying conditions of drug abuse?

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This is an excellent question.  I don't have enough data to completely agree with you, but I certainly accept the strong possibility that your argument is correct.  The problem is that many people see the brain differently than other organs and don't seek out help when there is a problem because of the social stigma.  If a person had diabetes no one would expect them to get their insulin under control, but people with anxiety or depression issues often think they can get through that themselves instead of seeking out medical help. 

It is very possible that those people seek out drugs and alcohol to help them deal with their issues instead of seeking proper medical attention.

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itsnotlate | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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This is an excellent question.  I don't have enough data to completely agree with you, but I certainly accept the strong possibility that your argument is correct.  The problem is that many people see the brain differently than other organs and don't seek out help when there is a problem because of the social stigma.  If a person had diabetes no one would expect them to get their insulin under control, but people with anxiety or depression issues often think they can get through that themselves instead of seeking out medical help. 

It is very possible that those people seek out drugs and alcohol to help them deal with their issues instead of seeking proper medical attention.

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itsnotlate | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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What if we were to take out the "social" and say "Is anxiety as a whole a main underlying cause for abusing drugs of the anxiety relieving nature?" For example, a child who is born with an anxiety disorder is more likely to use marijuana at a young age which will in turn lead to stronger drugs in the future.

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