Often times, addiction exists concurrently with one or more co-occurring mental health disorders. One of these is Depression.
What is Depression?
There is a major difference between feeling depressed and depression. Feelings of depression are universal and can be a normal reaction to unfortunate life events. Depression is categorized as intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness that last for an extended period of time, often without cause or a triggering incident. Depression affects roughly one in ten men and one in five women in their lifetime, making it one of the most common mental health disorders affecting today’s population.
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Some of the common symptoms of depression include:
- A depressed mood during all or most of the day, especially during the morning
- Fatigue and/or lack of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness and/or guilt
- Impaired concentration and difficulty making decisions
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Diminished interest in activities, including activities that used to bring pleasure
- Recurring thoughts of death and/or suicide
- A sense of restlessness or being slowed down
- Decreased interest in sex
- Persistent aches and pains
- Digestive issues
- Change in eating habits and/or significant weight gain or loss
Please keep in mind that depression is unique to each individual. As such, each individual will experience their own set of symptoms.
How does West Coast Rehab treat Depression?
Here are West Coast Rehab, our highly skilled staff is trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and we specialize in the treatment of Dual Diagnosis.
Upon admission, you will do a full clinical assessment with our medical staff to determine the best course of treatment. They will then design an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. Your clinical team will include a psychiatrist, primary therapist, adjunct therapists and additional team members as deemed necessary. Your treatment plan will include full medication management combined with evidence-based treatment programs to help you manage the symptoms of both your depression AND addiction.