By Seth Meyers, Psy.D.
Many men and women don’t consider themselves to be self-destructive people, yet most men and women engage in self-destructive behaviors to varying degrees. Some of the ways people get destructive are obvious while others are more hidden. I will review obvious self-destructive behaviors first – because these are behaviors we all accept are bad for us – and will then highlight some of the hidden ways men and women get self-destructive in everyday life.
The range of substances men and women abuse is wide, including alcohol, nicotine, illicit street drugs, and physician-prescribed medications such as benzodiazepines and pain killers. In recent years, physicians have been put on notice to curb their provision of medications used to treat ADHD as these drugs, too, are widely abused, often as club drugs or even get-through-the-day drugs by young adults.