Dual Diagnosis: Depression
Hope Rehab Recovery Center in Thailand offers residential treatment for Depression and Anxiety disorders. Our healing program is also suitable for clients suffering from Stress, PTSD and Burn-out issues. Hope’s therapeutic program was originally designed to treat Addiction. However, this also includes all the necessary treatment for mental health issues.
Hope’s intensive residential therapy addresses the following conditions:
What is Depression?
Depression is one of the most common mental health concerns of modern times. While depression rates are high for substance users and non-users alike, the lifetime prevalence of depression for substance users is approximately 24% higher than in the general population. Worldwide, depression has risen to unprecedented proportions and the World Health Organization now predicts epidemic levels of depression by the year 2020. In clinical terms, depression is sometimes referred to as Depressive Disorders or Mood Disorders.
Below you find some general information on depression, its symptoms, causes, triggers, and the treatment we offer at Hope Rehab. Please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation or if you should have any questions.
Many people use the term depression to describe sad mood or feeling ‘blue’. This, however, is far from the experience of clinical depression which can take on different forms, including:
These symptoms are so severe that they greatly impact individuals’ ability to work or study, and/or be able to maintain meaningful relationships.
Types of Depression
How is Depression Linked to Substance Use?
In the context of substance use and recovery from addiction, depression can show up in various ways, including but not limited to:
On that note: Addiction can have serious repercussions on a person’s life. Not only can it lead to financial and legal troubles, impaired thinking and judgment but it can also be the reason for failing relationships. All the above-mentioned things cause stress and might make you lose all hope for a better future. Therefore you’re more likely to feel depressed.
Symptoms of Depression
How is Depression Treated?
Drug-induced symptoms of depression often clear with prolonged abstinence and may not need any specialised treatment. Additionally, many therapeutic interventions helpful for the treatment of addiction are equally helpful in the treatment of depression, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). If symptoms persist, treatment is readily available, and the choice of treatment strongly depends on type, severity and chronicity of symptoms, as well as individual preferences.
For example, mild to moderate depression can be treated with short-term cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and changes in lifestyle. This type of treatment includes a focus on challenging and changing negative thoughts, setting small behavioural goals to achieve healthy routines as they pertain to physical exercise, diet and sleep. Severe depression and Persistent Depressive Disorders on the other hand typically require a combination antidepressant medication and psychotherapy for best and lasting results. Bipolar disorder I is one of the most debilitating mental health disorders and typically requires long-term and multi-faceted interventions that include medication, community support and specialised forms of therapy, such as Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy.
Triggers for Depression
Depression and Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol is a depressant and has a sedative effect on the brain. Therefore, it exaggerates depression because of it’s direct neurotoxic effects. A drink or two, smoking cannabis, a line of cocaine, might temporarily relieve some symptoms, but each time a chemical leaves the body, it usually brings the depression to new lows known as “withdrawal depression”.
When people suffer from depression, it is difficult to imagine not being depressed in the future. You can’t always think your way out of depression and if you can’t say anything positive to yourself, it’s best to think nothing at all.
The expression “looking at the world through rose-colored glasses” means everything seems wonderful. It is a distortion of reality. Just as “looking at the world through depression glasses” always distorts things in a negative way.
Depression: Common Negative Self-Talk
What Hope Rehab Offers for those Suffering from Depression:
Hope Rehab Center draws on multiple therapeutic interventions helpful in addressing not only the symptoms of depression, but also contributory and causal factors. These interventions include: