But it’s still confusing for many people outside the field, since unlike psychiatry, they don’t revise their thinking every couple decades.
A Federal judge once concluded in a famous lawsuit: It was clear that psychiatrists get together to define various disorders, and then every so often, get back together to redefine them.
It certainly makes sense that if you suffer from a major mental illness, you should stay away from pot.
Newcomers had a tendency to focus their attention on the drug that brought them to treatment, ignoring others they happened to have been using.
Perhaps 20% of users will experience withdrawal– evidence of their dependence on the drug– regardless of whether they have other symptoms.
Some observers have criticized us for orienting treatment methods to more severe cases, but that’s predominantly who we see in many forms of treatment.