Substance abuse and schizophrenia
What is co-morbidity?
When two disorders occur in the same person, at the same time, they are known as co-morbid disorders. Co-morbidity hinders the progression of treatment for both the illnesses.
Research says that people suffering from schizophrenia are twice as likely to become substance abusers. Let us see why.
What is schizophrenia?
People suffering from schizophrenia have an altered perception of reality. They may see or hear things, which other people around them do not. They often believe that others are out to harm them or that they are being watched all the time. Such people would start withdrawing from the outside world and would constantly act out of fear or confusion. They will often come across as reclusive, demotivated, and emotionless. They will start isolating themselves and will show a lack of interest in most things they do.