This is my first assignment for Passion Driven Statistics. I have my undergrad in psychology so I chose to look at mental illness and addiction using the NESARC data set.
Social anxiety is often equated with simple shyness and sometimes is dismissed as not a real disorder. Since this is the case I suspect that many with the disorder actually self medicate with substances like alcohol. With that in mind I want to analyze the relationship between a social anxiety diagnosis and alcohol abuse and dependence.
Self medicating is a common phenomenon in mental illness so I also want to look for a correlation between major depression and alcohol abuse and dependence.
Variables: SOCPDLIFE, MAJORDEPLIFE, ALCOHOLDEP12DX, ALCOHOLDEPP12DX, S2AQ2
I will be doing all of my statistical analysis in SAS and R because I want to learn both.