Untreated Mood Disorders and Addiction

Untreated Mood Disorders & Addiction

  Untreated Mood Disorders & Addiction There is a strong and proven correlation between addicts, alcoholics and untreated mood disorders.  These disorders are have traditionally been referred to in clinical treatment environments as Axis I & II diagnosis or dual diagnosis, very generally meaning substance use disorder plus a mood disorder.  Here are some of the more common forms of mood disorders and the terms used to describe them… Clinical or Major Depression, to be distinguished from feeling down or sad, to the extent that biochemistry may be altered, there is no situational precedent and impairment in cognition may be significant enough to affect daily functioning to include degradation of… Read More

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What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder

What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder

What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder A common element seen in many addicts/alcoholics is the existence of a mood disorder.  A mood disorder may be primary or secondary, as a main factor in substance abuse or as the result of the chemical dependency and resultant withdraw syndromes.  Correct diagnosis, identifying any underlying problems; education, in regards to how the mood disorder coexists in a symbiotic fashion with the addiction; and treatment of both the substance abuse issue and the mood disturbance, are integral to the approach we use at Oceanside Malibu Addiction Treatment Center. In order to define and diagnosis a mood disorder, we must look for a… Read More

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Ketamine to Treat Depression?

Ketamine to Treat Depression?

Ketamine to Treat Depression? There’s a new drug called Esketamine for treatment-resistant depression. This is a type of depression where people basically do not respond to any of the conventional treatments. In the United States alone, there’s just over sixteen million people with depression. That’s just over 6 percent of the entire population of the country, and a third of those people do not respond to any of the treatments offered to them. These individuals are classified as having treatment resistant depression and it’s one of the most horrible things to comprehend. To know that you are depressed, you have a diagnosis of depression, but your psychiatrist just turns around… Read More

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Derealization / Depersonalization

Derealization / Depersonalization

Derealization / Depersonalization When we’re dreaming, things normally don’t feel all that tangible. You can pick up your phone or a trophy or a puppy and they won’t feel as solid as those things would in the real world. Then, when you wake up and grab your phone to turn off the alarm, everything goes back to normal. There’s nothing to suggest your phone isn’t real, or that the hands you use to touch it don’t belong to you.  That is. . . usually. Sometimes, even when we’re awake, our brains decide it might be in our best interest for our environment, or even our bodies, to just, not feel… Read More

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Anxiety-Depression-Treatment

How Anxiety & Depression Are Similar

How Anxiety & Depression Are Similar If you’ve ever experienced anxiety and depression in the clinical sense, you’ll know that they can feel really different. With anxiety, you’re all ramped up…and with depression, you’re very, very down. Yet they tend to go together. And a lot of medications, especially certain types of antidepressants, can be used to treat both. We still don’t know a ton about how exactly anxiety and depression work in the brain or how antidepressants work to treat them. But over time, psychologists have come to realize that the two types of conditions are surprisingly similar. They may feel very different in the moment but they actually… Read More

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Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Signs of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a serious condition where a person’s mood can swing from feeling veryhappy or “up” to very sad and “down.” The “up” mood is known as a manic episode and the “down” mood is called a depressive episode. The fluctuation between the two of these moods can cause a child to be hyper productive one moment and show signs of depression the next. While it can be diagnosed in children, it is usually developed later during the teen years or early adulthood. Bipolar usually lasts a lifetime. There is no known cause for bipolar disorder. Children with bipolar disorder can also have other problems… Read More

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