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The Relationship Between Cannabis Use Disorders and Social Anxiety Disorder in the National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol and Related Conditions NESARC

June 15, 2012|Uncategorized

A recent study conducted as part of the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions showed a significant relationship between having social anxiety disorder (SAD) and abuse or dependence on marijuana.

The results also showed that those with SAD were more likely to become dependent on marijuana rather than abuse it, the former being a higher degree of use and problem.

Lastly, those with SAD and a marijuana use disorder showed greater impairment in functioning and more emotional distress than either condition alone.

Social anxiety is a treatable condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be an effective approach to helping clients reduce anxiety and feel more comfortable in social situations.

Substance abuse treatment can help clients minimize or discontinue use of marijuana and/or other substances.

via The relationship between cannabis use disorders and social anxiety disorder in the National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol and Related Conditions NESARC.

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