The Legal Drug, Global Mortality, The Psychiatric Component

Alcohol usage in and of itself is not a mental health problem.  Many people can drink alcohol responsibly without experiencing impaired behavior.  Without experiencing risky, damaging occurrences to themselves and the public.  However, too many alcohol consumers are not members in that category.

The Mayo Clinic (2020) defined “Alcohol Use Disorder” as, “…a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect.”

And, “…or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking” (Mayo Clinic, 2020).

“National, Regional, And Global Burdens Of Disease From 2000 To 2016 Attributable To Alcohol Use: A Comparative Risk Assessment Study” (Shield, Manthey, Rylett, Probst, Wetlaufer, Parry, & Rehm, 2020) provided global research indicating the regions which experienced different levels of alcohol usage, types of harm inflicted on society, and the self-harm which resulted in medical conditions from 2000 – 2016.





Mayo Clinic. (2020). Alcohol Use Disorders.  Retrieved From

Shield, K., PhD, Manthey, J., MA, Rylett, M., MA, Probst, C., PhD, Wetlaufer, A., MA, Parry, C.D.H., PhD, & Rehm, J., PhD. (2020). National, Regional, And Global Burdens Of Disease From 2000 to 2016 Attributable To Alcohol Use:  A Comparative Risk Assessment Study. Retrieved From DOI:


Thyroid And Mental Health

When a therapist diagnosis a patient with depression and one of the anxiety disorders, the potential is strong that the thyroid is the origin of the difficulties.  Additional medical evaluation can prove the patient has autoimmune thyroiditis, also known as AIT.

“Depression And Anxiety More Common In Patients With Thyroid Disease” (Harding, 2018) talked about the symptoms a patient may experience with this cluster of health issues, the conversation a psychiatrist needs to have with patient when thyroid has not been evaluated and depression and anxiety are diagnosed, and the conversation a physician needs to have with patient when thyroid becomes a complication.






Harding, A. (2018).  Depression And Anxiety More Common In Patients With Thyroid Disease.  Retrieved From


Potential Health Benefits From Regular Fish Consumption



Lane (2019) talked about the numerous health issues that can decrease with a routine menu of fish, in the article:  “When You Eat Fish Every Day, This Is What Happens To Your Body”.






Lane, K. (2019).  When You Eat Fish Everyday, This Is What Happens To Your Body.  Retrieved From