Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Disorders
Mental health problems and psychiatric disorders, like depression, anxiety disorders or bipolar disorder, can create a lifetime of pain and anguish. They may be misdiagnosed and patients may not receive adequate medications or therapies. To ease the pain, a person with a mental health disorder may turn to drugs and/or alcohol to alleviate the symptoms. After that process begins, the person quickly grows dependent on self-medication. Now the undiagnosed mental health problem is compounded by an addiction. Recovery is possible only if both problems are treated simultaneously.
Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Problems
Psychiatric disorders alone can be difficult to manage. There are a number of factors that contribute to the onset of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems including genetics, environment, emotions or the ability to handle stress. Learn more about the categorization of psychiatric problems and how drug and alcohol use is a form of self-medication that leads to addiction.
Living with an anxiety disorder can disrupt your life. However, when you combine drugs and alcohol with anxiety disorders, the symptoms of the disorder are worsened and create the added burden of an addiction. Read about anxiety disorders and how addiction complicates them.
Untreated bipolar disorder can be debilitating and painful to endure. Treatment is possible and can help you manage the disorder. Read about the types of bipolar disorders, the problems diagnosing and treating co-existing addiction and bipolar disorder, as well as current treatment protocols.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental and emotional condition. People with BPD are often impulsive, have intense chaotic relationships, have poor self-images and experience mood swings. Learn more about the disorder, the symptoms and the treatment approaches best suited to treat borderline personality disorder and addiction.
A person who continually places others first has codependent behavior. Codependent behaviors hurt you and the other person. Codependency treatment can help you break unhealthy attachments.
Depression can be a debilitating mental health disorder, although some short-term episodes of depression are within the normal range of emotions. After depression is combined with drugs or alcohol, the symptoms are likely to worsen. Dual diagnosis treatment enables the patient to receive care for both the mental health disorder and the addiction simultaneously.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating type of anxiety disorder that can dramatically impact one’s entire life. It may involve obsessions, or overpowering thoughts or fears that can lead to repetitive, all-consuming behavioral patterns. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms. Learn more about the differences between obsessive and compulsive behavior and the problems of treating OCD and addiction.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop at any age in response to a physical or psychological trauma. PTSD is generally experienced by people who have witnessed violence, engaged in warfare, lived through domestic violence or have been the victim of sexual or violent crimes.
Psychiatric Medication and Addiction
Millions of people in the United States have psychiatric disorders. These disorders are mental health conditions that can seriously interfere with daily living. Many affected people self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, which can lead to addiction. Proper diagnosis of the mental health disorder, with the appropriate medication, along with addiction treatment can change the whole dynamic of the person’s life.
Schizoaffective disorder begins in adolescence and can develop into schizophrenia if left untreated. When the complexity of this disorder is obscured by addiction, it becomes harder to diagnose. Read more about this disorder and addiction.
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