Depression in Conjunction with Addiction

Conditions like depression often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and other debilitating symptoms to find healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Depression?

Depression can best be described as a continuous feeling of sadness, the blues, unhappiness, misery or hopelessness. Though everyone gets down once in a while, depression usually lasts for more than a few days or weeks at a time. Clinical depression is a mood disorder that interferes with everyday life for longer periods of time.

Some symptoms of depression can be all or some of the following:

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Changes in appetite with significant weight gain or loss
  • Lethargy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Self hatred
  • Guilt
  • Loss of pleasure in regular activities
  • Loss of libido
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation

Some forms of depression include major depression, atypical depression and dysthymia.

Major depression is diagnosed when at least five depression symptoms are present and last for more than two weeks. Minor depression is diagnosed when fewer than five symptoms are present and last for at least two weeks.

Atypical depression occurs in about one third of patients who are diagnosed with clinical depression and includes symptoms of overeating and over sleeping.

Dysthymia is a more mild, longer lasting form of depression that is often compared to a low level general dissatisfaction with life; Dysthymia often lasts for years as it goes undiagnosed and untreated.

Other forms of depression are post partum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Treatment of depression in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.