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Mechanisms of co-morbidity: mental disorders

Substance use may cause mental disorders, through a variety of neurobiological mechanisms

Substance use may trigger the onset of mental disorder in susceptible individuals

Persons with mental disorders may seek to relieve their symptoms (or medication side-effects) through psychoactive substance use

Substance use can cause life difficulties which can precipitate or worsen mental disorders

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