Mood disorders are often caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals. They can be triggered by stressful life events, substance use, or they can be hereditary.
Approximately 10% of adults in the U.S. will experience a mood disorder each year, and 45% of those individuals will experience severe disorder symptoms. One of the main risk factors for developing a mood disorder is a substance abuse disorder.
What are Mood Disorders?
Mood disorders are a class of serious mental illnesses that include depression, dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder), bipolar disorders (manic depression), mood disorders linked to another health condition, and substance-induced mood disorders.
Signs and Symptoms of Mood Disorders
Here are the most common signs and symptoms of a mood disorder:
- Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiousness, or apathy
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Low self-esteem
- Feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness
- Excessive guilt
- Disinterest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyed
- Difficulties in relationships
- Sleep problems
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Decreased energy
- Trouble concentrating
- Feelings of chronic pain that don’t get better with treatment
- Feelings of irritability, hostility, or aggression
- Hypersensitivity to failure or rejection
- Repeated thoughts of death or suicide
Treatment Overview for Bipolar and Mood Disorders
People who suffer from major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder have an increased risk of developing a substance use disorder. Why? People with depression are more likely to use drugs or alcohol to lift their mood and people with bipolar disorder may reach for these substances to help calm high or low emotions.
Treating mood disorders and substance use disorders simultaneously leads to higher recovery rates, because it focuses on healing the whole person, not just certain issues or conditions.
Alpine Recovery Lodge offers mental health treatment for bipolar and mood disorders as part of our substance use disorders program.
Treating co-occurring disorders promotes holistic recovery as it considers the whole person, not just one symptom or condition. This integrated approach to treatment allows you to explore the shared root cause of your disorders and take part in pharmacological and behavioral interventions along with psychotherapy to effectively manage triggers and find lasting relief from your full range of symptoms.
Psychotherapy with dual diagnosis is typically divided into three phases: achieving sobriety, maintaining abstinence, and advanced recovery.
Types of Treatment Options
If you think you may be suffering from a substance use disorder as well as a mood disorder, please contact us today. Our skilled clinical team offers evidence-based, individualized, and comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment programs to help you build a healthy body and mind, develop emotional skills and mindfulness, and enjoy long-lasting and sustainable sobriety.
Call Alpine Recovery Lodge at 801-901-8757 to take the first step toward sobriety, healing, and long-lasting recovery.