Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder and Substance Abuse

What is Major Depressive Disorder?
Major Depressive Disorder or clinical depression is one of several mood disorders that cause disruption in a person’s daily life. The individual suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) will experience several symptoms every day for at least two weeks.

Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of sleep or overwhelming sleepiness
  • Ongoing sense of worthlessness or guilt every day
  • Impaired concentration
  • Restlessness or moving slowly
  • Weight loss or gain in a short time
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide and dying
  • Impairment of social or occupational areas of functioning
  • Mood changes unrelated to substances or other medical condition
  • Angry outbursts

More women than men tend to suffer from clinical depression due to hormonal imbalances. But, more women than men are willing to seek treatment. Teens and elderly are often not diagnosed from suffering from major depression leaving them to deal with their painful state in isolation.

Drugs can contribute to the onset of major depressive disorder; thus those who are abusing such drugs will more than likely experience major depressive disorder. Once that happens they will take more drugs to counteract the depression which was brought on by drugs in the first place. A Major Depressive Disorder can also be produced by withdrawal from drugs.

A person suffering from Major Depressive Disorder may begin using alcohol and drugs to modulate or soften the feelings associated with this type of depression. Thus, he or she adds to an already serious problem.

Drugs abused by clients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder:

  • Clonidine
  • Seconal
  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Atavan
  • Dilantin
  • Demerol, Codeine

If you have an underlying mental health disorder and you have begun drinking alcohol or taking drugs to relieve the symptoms, you are making your condition worse. Or, as the expression goes, you are adding fuel to the fire.

Drugs and alcohol have a profound impact upon the brain. When substances are taken to self-medicate or to alter your mood, a downward spiral in your emotional state will occur. Substances do not cure the underlying mental health disorder. Initially, a substance user may experience relief from his or her symptoms. Shortly, as dependence upon drugs and alcohol grows, more drugs and/or combination of drugs will be needed to achieve that initial relief. That is the process of addiction—as the need for more drugs grows, the effect of the substances lessens. On top of that progression, the client will experience withdrawal symptoms quickly. That will again cause him or her to seek more drugs. It is a deadly progression down. By this point, dependence and addiction have taken over the body and brain the person is trapped physically and emotionally desperate.

Breaking the progression of addiction and dealing with Major Depressive Disorder may require a medically monitored detox. Stabilizing the body as it goes through withdrawal, especially from central nervous system depressants can be dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can lead to stroke, heart attack, psychotic episodes, or death.

Treatment Alternatives, located in Boca Raton, Florida, and its affiliated partners can provide you with the best medically supervised comfortable detox followed immediately by treatment. At Treatment Alternatives, we follow best practices. Every client receives a comprehensive medical and psychosocial evaluation. Based upon that evaluation, we develop an individualized treatment plan. Constant review by the treatment team ensures that all issues are dealt with immediately whether it is medication management or behavioral issues.

You want to feel better and you can. The hardest decision you have to make now is to call for help. 877-877-7272 Speak with a representative and feel better. Put down the substances and regain control of your emotions and live your life.

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