Dysthymia and Addiction
Dysthymia is one of the many types of depression. It can differ greatly from other mood disorders because it is often characterized by a constant low mood, versus the ups and downs seen in bipolar disorder or the severe deep depression of a major depressive episode. If someone with dysthymia begins to use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate symptoms, it can be incredibly challenging to break away from both conditions. Getting help for both dysthymia and addiction requires treating each condition at the same time.
What Dysthymia Looks Like
The symptoms of dysthymia vary greatly between individuals but could include some of the following:
- A low or sad mood that has continued for a minimum of 2 years
- A sense of hopelessness about just about every aspect of their life
- Majorly disrupted sleeping patterns that could include sleeping too much or struggling with insomnia
- Poor self esteem
- Constant fatigue
- Eating disorders that could include binge eating, overeating, and a complete loss of appetite
- Inability to focus on important tasks
- Inability to focus on even the most mundane of tasks, like lacing up a pair of shoes
Getting professional help for depression is a very important part of learning how to take back control of your life from both the depression and addiction.
Dysthymia and Addiction Treatment
When you receive the benefits of quality treatment, you will be presented with several useful options for treating your dysthymia. Our unique Dual Diagnosis process will involve quickly diagnosing your conditions and devising workable dysthymia treatment plans that will meet all of your needs. Our team of professionals will work with you to help you detox from drugs or alcohol, and you will be offered quality depression treatment that will address all aspects of your addiction and depression. Through individual dysthymia treatment that includes counseling sessions, you will be able to work through some of the causes of your mood disorder, and through group counseling sessions you will gain insight into what might be contributing to your mood disorder and constant state of sadness.
Our team will help arrange long-term dysthymia treatment that will include follow-up therapy and group sessions. Our experts will work with you to ensure you are treated in the manner that best suits you, your dysthymia, and your addiction. Getting professional help for depression should be your number one priority, especially if addiction has also entered into the picture.
Dysthymia and Addiction Helpline
Call our depression helpline to talk to one of our compassionate counselors. Calls are toll-free, and we are here 24 hours a day. Our rehab helpline can answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have about treating dysthymia and addiction. We are here to help you, so please call us today.