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Heavy cannabis users seeking treatment- prevalence of psychiatric disorders.
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2004 Feb; 39(2):97-105.SP

Abstract

AIMS

The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among 1439 heavy cannabis users seeking treatment for abuse problems in Denmark.

DESIGN

Using two different registers, we compared cannabis users with 9122 abusers of other substances.

FINDINGS

(1). Cannabis users were younger and more often males, but otherwise demographic data suggested that the group was as marginalized as users of hard drugs. (2). Additional abuse of other substances was common. (3). Even though cannabis users were generally young, 27.5% had at some point been inpatients at psychiatric hospitals with disorders unrelated to psychoactive substance abuse. (4). Cannabis users had significantly raised levels of depression (p < 0.001) and personality disorders (p < 0.0001) compared with users of other drugs, while the prevalence of schizophrenia was marginally raised (p < 0.05). The results were obtained after adjustment for age, gender and secondary abuse. Analyses were made using logistic regression methods.

CONCLUSION

Co-morbid psychiatric disorders are common among heavy cannabis users seeking treatment. Some psychiatric disorders occur more frequently in this group compared with users of other substances.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatric Demography, Institute for Basic Psychiatric Research, Psychiatric Hospital in Aarhus, Aarhus University Hospital, Skovagervej 2, 8240, Risskov, Denmark. mca@psykiatri.aaa.dkNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15052390

Citation

Arendt, Mikkel, and Povl Munk-Jørgensen. "Heavy Cannabis Users Seeking Treatment- Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders." Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, vol. 39, no. 2, 2004, pp. 97-105.
Arendt M, Munk-Jørgensen P. Heavy cannabis users seeking treatment- prevalence of psychiatric disorders. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2004;39(2):97-105.
Arendt, M., & Munk-Jørgensen, P. (2004). Heavy cannabis users seeking treatment- prevalence of psychiatric disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 39(2), 97-105.
Arendt M, Munk-Jørgensen P. Heavy Cannabis Users Seeking Treatment- Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2004;39(2):97-105. PubMed PMID: 15052390.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Heavy cannabis users seeking treatment- prevalence of psychiatric disorders. AU - Arendt,Mikkel, AU - Munk-Jørgensen,Povl, PY - 2003/09/05/accepted PY - 2004/3/31/pubmed PY - 2004/4/23/medline PY - 2004/3/31/entrez SP - 97 EP - 105 JF - Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology JO - Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol VL - 39 IS - 2 N2 - AIMS: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among 1439 heavy cannabis users seeking treatment for abuse problems in Denmark. DESIGN: Using two different registers, we compared cannabis users with 9122 abusers of other substances. FINDINGS: (1). Cannabis users were younger and more often males, but otherwise demographic data suggested that the group was as marginalized as users of hard drugs. (2). Additional abuse of other substances was common. (3). Even though cannabis users were generally young, 27.5% had at some point been inpatients at psychiatric hospitals with disorders unrelated to psychoactive substance abuse. (4). Cannabis users had significantly raised levels of depression (p < 0.001) and personality disorders (p < 0.0001) compared with users of other drugs, while the prevalence of schizophrenia was marginally raised (p < 0.05). The results were obtained after adjustment for age, gender and secondary abuse. Analyses were made using logistic regression methods. CONCLUSION: Co-morbid psychiatric disorders are common among heavy cannabis users seeking treatment. Some psychiatric disorders occur more frequently in this group compared with users of other substances. SN - 0933-7954 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15052390/Heavy_cannabis_users_seeking_treatment__prevalence_of_psychiatric_disorders_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-004-0719-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -