Exploring the adolescent brain to prevent substance use disorders

family as opposed to those who develop mental disorders from alternative and external stimuli.

Regarding mental disorders, the authors found that the widespread expectation or desire for substance use to reduce symptoms of largely contributes to the development of SUDs. In terms of children with behavioral disorders such as ADHD and obsessive compulsive disorder, the authors found that the disrupted neurological activity caused an increased risk for self-medication and developing a SUD to cope with social function and activities.