It is not uncommon for those with addiction to exhibit some of the signs and symptoms of depression. Often, however, these symptoms go undiagnosed; they are assumed to be part of the addiction, rather than their own co-occurring condition. As such, the root problem is not fully addressed.

Being aware of how depression manifests is an important first step. Here is a quick guide to some of the most common signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feelings of worthlessness or extreme guilt; interpreting every setback in your life as a sign of intense personal failing.
  • Withdrawal; no longer finding joy in the activities or relationships that once gave you pleasure.
  • Losing energy quickly, even during routine, everyday activities.
  • Crying spells or weepiness.
  • Changes in eating habits—including eating too much, eating to help manage stress, or losing your appetite.
  • Changes in sleep patterns—either sleeping a lot more than usual, or having a hard time sleeping at all.
  • A loss in concentration; easily becoming distracted.

Seeking Treatment for Depression

When left untreated, depression can last for many months—and for some, it is recurrent. Some struggle with bouts of depression throughout their lifetime. Again, when addiction is also in the picture, it can be difficult to diagnose and treat depression effectively.

The solution is dual diagnosis care, which provides clinical intervention for addiction and related mental health conditions, regarding them as two sides of the same coin. This is the best way to make sure the root problem is addressed.

If you or someone you know struggles with depression, seek treatment today. Dual diagnosis may be the natural first step. To learn more about the possibilities of recovery, reach out to the team at Seacliff today.

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