Information About Depression and Addiction

Depression Treatment Program

Depression affects everyone differently. People across the country live with depression every day. In many cases, people self-soothe or self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, leading to addiction. At Northpoint Washington, our comprehensive addiction treatment programs provide dual diagnosis for holistic depression disorder treatment.

If you or a loved one are struggling with depression, call Northpoint Washington now. At Northpoint Washington, we understand how debilitating depression can be. Don’t let depression stop you from getting help. Reach us now at 425.437.3298 to get started with depression treatment in Edmonds, Washington, today.

What Is Depression?

There’s a difference between occasional depression and a depressive disorder. Depression is characterized by a depressed mood. This happens to everyone at some point in their lives. For those with a depressive disorder, this experience is chronic and continued.

According to Psychology Today, a depressive disorder is, "An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, interfering with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her."

If you or someone in your life is struggling with a depressive disorder, it’s important to realize that people across the country struggle with depression every day. Stigmas around mood disorders and a lack of education can make living with a mood disorder more difficult. That’s why Northpoint Washington has dual diagnosis programs to help people recover from addiction and safely manage depressive disorders.

At Northpoint Washington, we understand how debilitating depression can be. We've worked with many people who battled depression; some of them for years. Quite often, they didn't realize that their addictions were only getting worse because of their symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

If you think you might be suffering from depression, it's important to understand what the signs and symptoms are. Many people fail to recognize the signs of depression. As a result, they fail to get treatment when they should.

The following signs and symptoms of depression can vary somewhat, depending on the type of depression you have. They include:

  • Experiencing symptoms of anxiety
  • Feeling worthless
  • Having a general feeling of irritability
  • Having problems with concentration on everyday tasks
  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Frequently feeling guilty
  • Becoming tearful often
  • Having no energy
  • Experiencing aches and pains in the body
  • Excessive sleeping or insomnia
  • Having no interest in activities he or she once really enjoyed
  • Becoming distant from loved ones
  • Social isolation

Depression symptoms tend to get more severe as time goes on. If nothing is done to treat them, it's possible for them to develop into suicidal thoughts.

If you notice as many as five of the symptoms on this list, it's important to get treatment.

Are There Different Types of Depressive Disorders?

There are several different types of depressive disorders. Each one manifests in a different way, and has similar, but somewhat different symptoms. They include:

This disorder is often referred to as dysthymia. When someone suffers from dysthymia, their depression symptoms are not necessarily severe. In fact, they may be relatively mild. However, they do keep people from feeling good or functioning normally. Someone with dysthymia most likely has had symptoms for about two years or longer.

A psychotic depression occurs when an individual suffers from some type of psychosis along with a major depression. This individual may experience hallucinations or delusions at times. He or she may also find it difficult to differentiate between reality and imagination.

Postpartum depression is a condition that is often diagnosed after a new mother gives birth. Many women become severely depressed during this time in their lives. As many as 15% of women will experience postpartum depression at some point in their lives, according to Postpartum Progress. This means that about 600,000 women will experience it. However, this number does not take into account women who have stillbirths or miscarriages. These women can also experience postpartum depression. That brings the total closer to 900,000 women per year.

The fact that there is less natural sunlight during the winter leads to seasonal affective disorder for many people. During the spring and summer, the symptoms of depression lift considerably. This type of depression can be treated with medications or with light therapy.

Bipolar disorder is characterized as a manic-depressive mental illness. Someone who has bipolar disorder often suffers from severe mood changes. There are extreme highs (mania), and there are also extreme lows (depression). Someone with bipolar disorder can remain in one state or another for many months at a time.

Professional Integrative Depressive Disorder Treatment In Edmonds Washington

Today, half of people living with addiction also have co-occurring disorders like depression. Unfortunately, co-occurring disorders are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. If you think you or a loved one is struggling with depression, call Northpoint Washington today. Our comprehensive addiction treatment programs provide dual diagnosis for depressive disorders. With a range of inpatient and outpatient programs in Edmonds, Washington, clients and Northpoint Washington see and experience results.

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Call our staff now 425.437.3298 to learn more about our depressive disorder treatment and other dual diagnosis and mental health treatment programs at Northpoint Washington.