We all experience bouts of depression to some degree in our lives based on events that trigger the episode. Depression is a natural response to loss, hardships or low self-esteem for example. However, long-term clinical depression is different. It begins when a person is facing overwhelming negative feelings. Along with sad feelings, a person suffering from depression experiences physical symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and even cramps.
If your feelings of depression keep you from a normal and active life you should immediately seek help. If left untreated depression can cause severe problems such as drug abuse or even suicide.
“About 17.5 million Americans over the age of 18 have a serious mental health disorder and about 4 million of those people also struggle with a co-occurring drug or alcohol dependency.”
-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The relationship between addiction and mental health are one that is very close and often hard to distinguish. Those suffering from a mental illness such as depression must actively seek dual diagnosis treatment. Rehab centers like the Cove offer a dual diagnosis program where they not only treat addiction but mental health disorders separately.
8 signs of depression:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Fatigue or decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies you once found enjoyable
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Frequent aches, pains, cramps, headaches, or digestive problems
- Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or anxiety
If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms for an extended period of time please seek help. Taking care of depression is a vital step as many who suffer from this illness tend to lean on substances to relieve their pain. Many addicts admit to suffering from depression and other mental health illnesses. They use to forget their problems or escape their illness which can eventually lead to addiction.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was created to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. they estimate that about 17.5 million Americans over the age of 18 has a serious mental health disorder and about 4 million of those people also struggle with a co-occurring drug or alcohol dependency.
For those who are currently suffering from both addiction and a mental illness please seek out treatment from a dual diagnosis rehab such as the Cove Center for Recovery.