The Thurrock MP has claimed cannabis use in youngsters is fuelling demand for mental health services in adulthood.
Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock and Minister for mental health, has stated that we should not be shy about mentioning the contribution drug use is making to fuelling demand for mental health services.
The comments were made in Parliament during a debate on Depersonalisation Disorder.
Depersonalisation is where the mind is detaching from the body. Those affected feel as if they are outside themselves and gives the experience of feeling unreal, detached, and unable to feel emotion.
It can be triggered by a traumatic experience, a panic attack, stress or drug use. However it is becoming extremly common amoung drug users.
It is also a fairly common psychological or mental process for dealing with trauma however it can become intensified and set in indefinitely.
The House heard about Jane, who developed the disorder at the age of 18 following the consumption of Cannabis resin mixed in a yoghurt.
Jane described the preceding experience and said: “I felt like I was looking at the world from the back of my own eye sockets. While my body was still in the world, my mind had become a disengaged observer.”
For many years medical experts have confirmed that there is a link between cannabis use and paranoia.
In response MP Jackie said: “DPD can often be brought on by drug use. I do not think we should be squeamish about mentioning that.
“We have a debate going on about drugs at the moment that is all about that we have lost the war against drugs; it is all done through the lens of crime and disorder.”
“The reality is that the extent of cannabis use in this country is contributing to our mental health crisis, of that I have no doubt, and I do not think we should be squeamish about saying it. ”
An association between cannabis use and the emergence of psychotic disorders among susceptible individuals is increasingly being described amoung medical experts.
Mental health problems can be serverely affected by external influences, and one of these is drugs.
Using drugs or alcohol can be a way to deal with difficult emotions like the pain of mental illness.
It is being reported that the NHS are seeing more and more of drug induced aniexty disorder, drug induced psychosis and drug-induced mood disorder.
With rising drug gangs and knife crime the government need to get a grip on the continued link between mental health, drugs and crime.