Test your knowledge on mental health disorders

Addiction and substance abuse

As part of the DeStress for Success© program, we asked 173 teenagers* what they knew about mental health disorders.

It is now your turn to test your knowledge on mental health disorders! Compare your answers with the participants of the program by clicking on the answer's link.

Then check out if you are right with the expert’s explanations, Dr. Stéphane Potvin, Researcher at Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Louis-H.Lafontaine Hospital.


Q.1 Have you ever heard of substance abuse?

Participants' answers*


Q.2 In your opinion, what is substance abuse?

Participants' answers*


Q.3 In your opinion, what are the causes of substance abuse?

Participants' answers*


Did you know?

Boys have two times more chances than girls of becoming a substance abuser?

Did you know?

You can become a substance abuser after only one consummation?


Substance abuse: Abuse and dependence to a substance

Example of substances

  • Depressants (alcohol)
  • Stimulants (cocaine, amphetamine)
  • Hallucinogens (cannabis, PCP, magic mushrooms)

Dr. Potvin supports the notion that peer pressure is a very important factor, but we cannot neglect other factors such as social economic status, culture and genetic predispositions.


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