What do you do if you or someone you love undergoes a big personality change? A sudden personality change in an adult may be a warning sign of a number of problems.
If a loved one has been acting strangely or is suddenly concerning you with unusual behavior, it may be time to seek help.
A personality change occurs when a person has a dramatic change in appearance, actions, opinions or feelings. Gradual personality change is normal, and it is even normal for a person to experience some level of significant personality change over the course of adult life, especially as the result of trauma or success.
However, personality changes that are uncontrollable, uncomfortable, detrimental, or anxiety-provoking may be a sign of a deeper problem.
Drugs and alcohol can cause brain damage—either permanent or temporary. If substance abuse interacts with a mental illness or physical illness, it can make all problems become worse.
There is no doubt that drug use can cause personality changes. Stimulants like Ritalin and cocaine can make a person manic. Depressants like alcohol, marijuana or benzodiazepines can lead to depression, apathy, and even some dementia. Opiates like heroin, morphine, codeine and opium can lead to dementia, delirium, psychosis and unusual or dangerous behavior.
If you or someone you care about have experienced a noticeable personality change, you need to investigate what is really going on. A licensed physician or mental health counselor can help you determine the causes behind these changes.
Foundations Recovery Network offers a 24-hour, toll-free, completely confidential helpline at 615-490-9376. Call now so you and your family can learn more about personality change and helping resources that work.