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Co-Occurring Major Depressive Disorder

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions in the country. Furthermore, it often co-occurs with substance use disorders. In fact, an estimated one-third of people suffering from major depressive disorder have a co-occurring substance use disorder. Drugs and alcohol, while providing temporary relief, invariably worsen the symptoms of depression over time as individuals must deal with the fallout of their problematic substance use. The cycle begins to perpetuate itself in an ever-worsening spiral of isolation and darkness. The dual diagnosis treatment program at Creative Care treats co-occurring major depressive disorder and substance use issues at their roots. Our team compassionately unearths the source of these conditions while gently leading our clients along the path of a successful and sustained recovery. To learn more about our residential dual diagnosis program, give us a call today.

Common Questions About Co-Occurring Major Depressive Disorder

Co-occurring major depressive disorder is a mental health condition that causes persistent feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness in individuals struggling with it. It’s much more than sadness or feeling down. Its symptoms are serious enough to disrupt a person’s daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and drastically increase the risk of suicide. A clinical diagnosis of depression requires two weeks of continuous symptoms, but even less severe forms of depression are a major factor in the development of a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Symptoms of co-occurring major depression can vary over time. These include:

  • Persistent sadness or low mood
  • Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Insomnia and hypersomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Isolation
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Using substance to the point of causing problems with school, work, or relationships
  • Continuing to use substance despite these problems

Genetics are a major factor in the development of co-occurring major depressive disorder, though not determinant. Scientists believe other factors like brain chemistry also play a part. Traumatic experiences in childhood such as abuse, neglect, substance abuse in the home, or other high stress events can also play a major role in depression.

Co-occurring major depressive disorder responds well to evidence-based methods like psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy. It also requires a dual diagnosis approach to treatment. Years of substance misuse can mask the underlying depression. By the same token, individuals can’t get to the roots of their major depressive disorder without attending to their substance use problems.

By treating both conditions at the source, clients at Creative Care recognize, address, and heal from their co-occurring major depressive and substance use disorders and go on to live contented lives.

Our team personalizes each treatment plan and bases them on each individual’s needs to give you or your loved one the best chance for success. For compassionate, innovative depression treatment, contact Creative Care today.