Mood Disorders and Addiction Treatment
Left untreated, mood disorders can cause a person great difficulties and inconveniences in their personal and professional lives. When combined with addiction, the results are destructive and can often be deadly.
Unfortunately, many people don't seek the help they need for either disease allowing issues to exacerbate out of control. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mood disorder, alcoholism or both, our experienced and compassionate professionals can help.
understanding mood disorders
It can be challenging to accurately diagnose a mood disorder because, outside of some extreme emotional episodes, people dealing with the disorder can appear to be normally functioning individuals. During these emotional episodes however, sufferers can go from extreme joy and excitement to disabling depression in just a short period of time.
Some Mood Disorder Symptoms
- Accelerated speech
- Lack of concentration
- Restlessness and irritability
- Difficulty with sleeping
- Erratic and impulsive decision making
Mood Disorders, Alcoholism, and Addiction
Like most mental disorders, mood disorders are often linked to alcoholism and drug addiction. Over 50 percent of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, for example, also struggle with addiction, according to multiple studies. There are several reasons for this.
In many cases, mental health issues are genetic just like a large portion of alcohol and drug addiction. Additionally, people struggling with the disorder deal with extreme levels of depression, which often lead them to use drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms. The same can be said for the extreme levels of euphoria experienced, which can lead to more impulsive behaviors and bad decision making associated with addiction.
Treatment Strategies for Mood Disorders
Though there are medications to help alleviate symptoms and episodes associated with a mood disorder, they are conditions which need to be managed over a lifetime; medication alone is not enough. Effective treatment requires expert psycho-therapeutic approaches and appropriate medication.
The mental health experts at New Paradigm Recovery will conduct thorough psychiatric and psychological examinations in order to accurately diagnose specific disorders. We will then create a tailored treatment plan for you or your loved one, oftentimes working with your existing psychiatric physician.
The primary focus of mood disorder treatment is healing, education, and empowerment. We want to put our clients in the best position to achieve continued long-term success and allow them to safely reenter society and live free of fear from relapses.
Learn to manage your bipolar disorder in healthy and productive ways, while breaking your addictions. Call us at New Paradigm Recovery today to start claiming power over your conditions through our bipolar disorder treatment.