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I need books or anything that is peer reviewed that is about "People who suffer from mental illness also use illegal drugs as a mean to self

I need books or anything that is peer reviewed that is about "People who suffer from mental illness also use illegal drugs as a mean to self medicate, because there is not enough help in this field".
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2017  |  10 Views
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Hi Rebecca,

Thank you for contacting the Argosy University Library.

I would suggest starting with the Library Search bar on the home page of the Online Library.

You may want to use these keywords for different searches.

  • Mental illness AND self-medication
  • Mental disorders AND self-medicate
  • Self-medication hypothesis AND mental health
  • Psychosis AND self-medication AND illicit drugs

Be sure to select the Peer-Review option on the left to refine your results.  You can also click on the Details link for more information about the article.  Click the title of the article to view the full text.

Here are citations of a few articles I found that may be of interest to you.

Kolliakou, A., Joseph, C., Ismail, K., Atakan, Z., & Murray, R. M. (2011). Why do patients with psychosis use cannabis and are they ready to change their use? International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 29(3), 335-346. doi:

Arendt, M., Rosenberg, R., Fjordback, L., Brandholdt, J., Foldager, L., Sher, L., & Munk-Jorgensen, P. (2007). Testing the self-medication hypothesis of depression and aggression in cannabis-dependent subjects. Psychological Medicine, 37(7), 935-45.

Harris, K. M., & Edlund, M. J. (2005). Self-Medication of Mental Health Problems: New Evidence from a National Survey. Health Services Research, 40(1), 117-134. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2005.00345.x

Pettersen, H., Ruud, T., Ravndal, E., & Landheim, A. (2013). Walking the fine line: Self-reported reasons for substance use in persons with severe mental illness. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 8 doi:

Please let us know if we can assist further.

Amanda Henderson
Argosy University Library

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