Depression in Washington State
Our experienced staff at Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, appreciates the conditions of both depression and addiction and the methods required to effectively treat those suffering from them. We provide solutions for sufferers of these conditions using state-of-the-art testing, therapy, medications, and a relationship built upon trust and constant communication between the patient and staff.
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The connection between depression and alcoholism has been suspected for a long time, especially among those who suffer from both conditions. Recent studies, though, have confirmed that a causal connection exists between alcoholism and depression.
A Harvard School of Public Health study confirmed the long-standing belief of many health care professionals that there is a link between depression and alcoholism. The study tracked 15,000 people nationally who had never had a prior diagnosis of clinical depression or alcohol dependency. The subjects underwent extensive interviews to discuss their symptoms in both categories.
The study involved two interviews with each participant separated by a one-year interval. The goal of the study was to learn which of the subjects displayed signs of either depression or alcohol dependency.
Common Depression Symptoms
Depression is defined as either situational or chronic. The common condition is typified by feelings of emotions such as hopelessness, fatigue, sadness, and a lack of enthusiasm in activities that the sufferer formerly enjoyed. Since depression can affect your whole life, it is regarded as a very serious mental health disorder that can be helped by treatment that offers sufferers the opportunity to enjoy a healthier, happier life that is more stable and productive.
Major or clinical depression is recognized by the appearance of certain symptoms:
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Lacking interest in activities that were once enjoyable
- Dietary changes — eating less than or more than usual
- Feeling “stuck in a rut”
- Loss of energy — listlessness or extreme fatigue
- Problems concentrating or mental confusion
- Feeling worthless
- Suicidal impulses
Some difference of opinion does exist regarding what constitutes alcohol dependency, but there are some general rules that indicate there is a problem. The following behaviors are considered to be symptoms of alcohol dependency:
- Consuming alcohol to the point that it causes difficulties in personal, professional, or social life
- Continuing to drink in spite of safety or health issues — driving under the influence, not heeding the advice of a healthcare professional to stop drinking
- Developing a tolerance for alcohol that requires increasing amounts of alcohol to get the same effect as earlier, smaller amounts
- When the drinker stops drinking, they develop withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, sweating, increased heart rate, hallucinations, or seizures
- Mood changes such as rage, panic, or sadness
- Cannot perform regular activities such as work and school tasks
- Blackouts that causes the drinker to fail to recall what they were doing for short or long periods of time
Link Between Alcohol Abuse and Depression
Most people who have experienced an alcohol dependency realize that alcohol use is often engaged in to self-medicate and block feelings of pain. They also are aware that self-medicating with alcohol is a temporary, destructive “fix” that only feeds into a cycle of destruction. Since alcohol is a depressant, any relief that comes through drinking is quickly reversed and likely to fuel the depression.
The Harvard study not only found a linkage between depression and alcohol abuse, but it showed that subjects displaying some depression symptoms during their first interview were more likely to display alcohol dependency symptoms during their second interview one year later. Also, those displaying alcohol dependency symptoms during their first interview had higher chances of displaying depression symptoms at their second interview. The study suggests that the two conditions feed upon each other. Those who had more severe depression symptoms also had a higher risk of alcohol abuse. Conversely, those with alcohol dependency symptoms had greater chances of suffering from major or clinical depression.
Two other facts have emerged from the Harvard Study regarding the relationship between gender and binge drinking. The study found that women are at a higher risk than men at suffering from both conditions. Binge drinking — defined as ingesting large amounts of alcohol in a short time span — often leads to the development of depression. Young people with pre-existing depression are more likely than others to suffer from alcohol abuse.
Other studies have reached similar conclusions, including the increased risks for women. They have also concluded that binge drinking often leads to the development of depression. In other words, someone drinking a lot over a short period is much more likely to develop signs of depression than someone who drinks normally or not at all. Other studies have shown that young people suffering from depression are more likely to begin drinking than others.
More and more evidence shows that when underlying depression symptoms are left untreated, the depression sufferer often turns to alcohol, and obviously, someone with alcohol dependency is a strong candidate for depression. The cycle is quite common, and professionals are skilled at breaking this type of cycle.
- Dual diagnosis services in the State of Washington
- Psychologist and psychiatrist on staff
- Long-term transitory living
- 30-, 60-, and 90-day programs
- Men and women in separate buildings
- Eating, activities, and classes are all gender-specific
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Studies such as the Harvard study have confirmed the link between alcoholism and depression, making it clear that it is vitally important to receive proper treatment for these related conditions. Addictions do not resolve themselves over time but tend to overtake the individual, overriding all positive aspects of one’s life and the life of their loved ones.
Our professional recovery counselors are trained to assist those suffering from these types of problems, leading them to a happier, healthy, and productive life. Our staff is here to ensure you realize you are not alone in your struggles.
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Rehab offers you or your loved one the best chance of breaking the terrible cycle of depression and alcohol abuse. Should you or a loved one suffer from either or both conditions, please contact Free by the Sea right away. Do not wait another day. The earlier the treatment, the sooner that recovery and a new life can begin.