Mood Disorders and Addiction

Mood Disorders and Addiction

Mood disorder is an umbrella term to cover a wide range of major depressive disorders, bipolar disorders and a handful of less commonly diagnosed disorders. Depression and bipolar are the two mood disorders that most often coincide with substance use disorder (SUD) or addiction.

Because alcoholism and other substance use disorders are shown to be so closely related to depression, dual diagnosis treatment is a must for these co-occurring conditions— a co-occurring condition is one where substance abuse occurs simultaneously with a psychiatric disorder. This most commonly happens with mood disorders.

Patients drug abuse symptoms usually mimic both depression and mania symptoms. Alcohol intoxication can mimic symptoms of mania or hypomania, until a tipping point where it is attributed to symptoms of depression.

There is an urgent need to seek treatment when a patient is suffering from SUDs and mood disorders as a strong association with suicide has been noted. One study suggests that two-thirds of suicide victims had a substance use disorder. The substance abuse can create a lack of inhibition that when combined with a depressive state that substance use brings creates a recipe for impulsive and self-destructive behavior.

Treatment for Mood Disorder and Addiction in Panama City

Someone with a mood disorder may try to mask their feelings or cope through abusing alcohol or other substances. JourneyPure Emerald Coast specializes in the treatment of co-occurring disorders via our dual-diagnosis treatment platform. We provide evidence-based, fully integrated systems of care to help address, not only addiction, but the commonly co-occurring mood disorders as well. If you are looking for more information on mood disorder and addiction, we invite you to call us. We are happy to talk about what an individualized treatment plan could look like for you.

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