Addressing Addiction and Depression in Treatment

Addressing Addiction and Depression in TreatmentAccording to the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) depression is a common, serious, and costly illness that affects 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. each year, costing the Nation between $30 – $44 billion annually. Depression causes impairment, suffering, and disruptions in personal, family, and work life in Orlando. NIMH also reports that depression often co-occurs with medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse disorders, but is frequently unrecognized.

Depression and Medical Illness in Orlando Residents

It is not uncommon for an Orlando resident experiencing a medical illness to struggle with temporary depression precipitated by the illness. However, if the depression is severe and extends beyond the medical illness’s resolution, this may be considered clinical depression and require treatment.

Common co-occurrences of depression and medical illness include the following:

  • Between 40 and 65% of patients who have had a myocardial infarction (MI)
  • Approximately 25% of cancer patients
  • Between 10 and 27 % of post-stroke patients

In these cases, the depression can exacerbate the medical illness and requires treatment to reduce the impact.

Depression and Mental Illness in Orlando Residents

Depression and mental health issues are a common co-occurring condition as suggested by the NIHM statistics including the following:

  • Concurrent depression is present in 13 % of patients with panic disorder
  • Between 50 and 75 % of eating disorder patients have a history of major depression

In these cases, treatment for the depression as a Dual Diagnosis often results in a better outcome for Orlando residents.

Depression and Substance Abuse in Orlando Residents

When depression is not effectively treated, it is not uncommon for Orlando residents to turn to drugs and alcohol for relief. Unfortunately, substance abuse detracts from a person’s ability to think clearly and receive the full benefit from the therapies they may receive for their depression. In fact, NIMH identified that two out of three of those suffering from depression do not seek or receive appropriate treatment.

Treatment for Orlando Residents with Addiction and Depression

A Dual Diagnosis for co-occurring depression and addiction understands the different issues presented by each disorder and designs a coordinated spectrum of services to meet these unique needs. The benefit of an integrated treatment plan is that all services are provided at the same location so that there is consistency of treatment. In addition, as the Orlando resident progresses through the plan, the plan can be modified to adjust to this progress.

Help for Orland Residents Battling Drinking and Depression

The sooner you can get help, the greater the likelihood that you can recover. To be assured of confidentiality as well as to receive answers to any questions you might have, call our toll-free number any time; we are available 24 hours a day. We want to help Orlando residents find the right treatment program to handle addiction and depression and can provide options, information about insurance, and resources. We are here to help.