A Leading Cause of Mental Illness

Dealing with Depression and Addiction

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the United States, and its role in the development of addiction cannot be overstated. Depression affects more than 15 million American adults and about eight million children over a 12-month period. For those with a substance use disorder, the risk is even higher. People with drug abuse or dependence are about twice as likely as the general population to have a mood disorder such as depression. Depression can either be the cause or effect of a drug or alcohol abuse issue. It’s imperative that those living with depression, whether it’s related to addiction or not, seek proper treatment from an experienced and qualified mental health professional.

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What Does Depression Look Like?

Signs and Symptoms

While each person’s depression symptoms will vary according to their unique situation and level of depression, there are several universal signs that concerned loved ones can identify and, if need be, intervene. Although depression is widely characterized as a mental health issue, it can, and often does, manifest itself in physical ways. Some of the more common depression signs and symptoms include:

  • Powerful Feelings of Melancholy
  • Hopelessness and Pessimism
  • Anxiety and Irritability
  • Feelings of Worthlessness and Guilt
  • Loss of Interest
  • Fatigue and Low Energy
  • Digestive Problems
  • Thoughts of Suicide
  • Weight Loss and Loss of Appetite
  • Joint and Muscle Pain

If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, get help immediately.