My friend Eric at Classical Values tells of a self medication tragedy:
Most people who suffer from schizophrenia smoke. A lot.Why is this a tragedy? Read the whole thing.
This is one of those stereotypes that not only happens to be true, but there's a special reason why schizophrenics smoke:Cigarette smoking may improve attention and short-term memory in persons with schizophrenia by stimulating nicotine receptors in the brain, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the June issue of The Archives of General Psychiatry.This explains not only why they smoke, but why they smoke so much more than people who don't have schizophrenia. They are engaged in self medication.
And, if the subject of self medication interests you I have written a little on the subject.
PTSD and the Endocannabinoid System
Addiction or Self Medication?
A well known secret
I forgot to mention that nicotine is an anti-depressant, as is marijuana.
Cross Posted at The Astute Bloggers