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Depression

The prevalence of chronic depression does not make it any less serious, especially when it comes to addiction. People with depression often seek to self-medicate through substance abuse. Major depressive episodes can be debilitating, and drugs/alcohol temporarily mask those awful symptoms. Unfortunately, this quick fix approach almost always makes depression worse over time.

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

Symptoms of Depression

If you or a loved one may be suffering from chronic depression, it is important to remember that only a licensed psychiatrist can make an official diagnosis. New Start firmly believes in getting dual diagnosis addicts the help they need. We partner with a local psychiatric group to offer clients professional psychological evaluations. Getting addiction treatment and appropriate psych meds simultaneously could be the 180 degree turn you or your loved one needs to start their recovery.

Behavioral Symptoms

Social Isolation

Excessive Crying

Unusual Irritability

General Avoidance

Agitation

Mood Symptoms

Apathy

Loss of Interest

Hopelessness

Guilt

Anxiety

Sadness

Physical Symptoms

Disordered Sleep

Appetite Change

Restlessness/Agitation

Low Energy

Weight Change

Cognitive Symptoms

Slowed Thinking

Lack of Concentration

Suicidal Thoughts (800-273-TALK)

Excessively Repeated Thoughts

Dissociation During Activity

Feeling Foggy

Depression Statistics

6.7%

of American adults have depression

The median age of onset is

32.5 years old

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the US

Depression Case Studies

 I call it my “black cloud.” It’s mostly gone now that I’m on Wellbutrin, but my black cloud used to totally take over my life for months at a time. What really frustrates me is that most people just don’t understand what chronic depression actually looks like. It’s not just feeling sad. It’s this enveloping emptiness that sucks the life out of you.

 

Alcohol used to make that go away. When I was in a depressive episode, I would keep at least three handles of vodka in my closet at all times. That was two years ago. Rehab and antidepressants totally changed my life for the better. I’ve since graduated college and work full time at a job I love. Now instead of looking forward to a weekend of binge drinking myself into blackouts, I make plans that actually require brain function.

Female, Age 27
Drug of Choice: Alcohol

My depression has really isolated me as I’ve gotten older. I always had a lot of friends growing up, but it never really made anything better. People suck. H was always there to make s*** feel okay. 

 

But it wasn’t sustainable. Too many parts of my life fell apart because I was using. Getting arrested was a blessing in disguise. Drug court ordered me to get clean and sober, and my rehab program made me see a psych. I didn’t even know I needed meds, but they’ve made a huge difference. I don’t isolate as much as I used to.

Male, Age 29
Drug of Choice: Heroin

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