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Mood Disorders and Substance Abuse Treatment

What are Mood Disorders?

Many people suffer from one or more mental health disorders and are unaware that their condition can successfully be identified and treated. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), mood disorders are categories of mental disorders that have an impact upon a person’s emotional state. Usually a mood disorder interferes with a person’s ability to live a well-balanced life.

According to the NIMH, substance abuse and mood disorders (forms of depression) often co-exist. The presence of other mental health disorders such as anxiety, panic, social phobias and PTSD may further complicate a person’s mental and physical health. Certainly, drugs and alcohol worsen any of these mood disorders.

Categories of Mood Disorders

Major Depressive Disorder: There are any number of factors that help bring on an episode of depression: genetic, environmental, psychological and biological. This state of depression interferes with a person’s ability to function on a daily basis, sleep well, meet daily responsibilities, or enjoy activities that used to be satisfying. Read more….
Dysthymia: Long termdepression defines Dysthymia. Women are afflicted more than men with dysthymia. This form of depression can lead suffers to substance abuse and a Major Depressive episode at some time in their lives. Negative life perspectives and a sense of insurmountable problems characterize Dysthymia. Read more….
Bipolar Disorders: There arefour typesof bipolar disorders: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified and Cyclothymic Disorder. Bipolar Disorders cause shifts in mood, energy, activities and the ability to perform daily functions. Researchers believe that Bipolar Disorders have their origins in a malfunction in the brain.Read more….

There appears to be higher rates of substance abuse among people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Furthermore, researchers believe that substances worsen the course of the disorder and experience earlier onset of the illness. Treatment for all forms of mood disorders is available, but the most effective protocol is to treat the substance abuse simultaneously with the mood disorder. (Known as co-occurring disorders and/or dual diagnosis.)

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