By: Shannon Persad
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Is There a Correlation Between Mood Disorders and Drug Abuse?
For years, substance abuse has risen, alongside cases of mood disorders, such as bipolar, anxiety, depression, etc. One must wonder, is there a correlation between mood disorders and drug abuse?
The National Institute on Health (NIH) states the following:
“Mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorders, are the most common psychiatric comorbidities among patients with substance use disorders. Treating patients’ co-occurring mood disorders may reduce their substance craving and taking and enhance their overall outcomes. A methodical, staged screening and assessment can ease the diagnostic challenge of distinguishing symptoms of affective disorders from manifestations of substance intoxication and withdrawal. Treatment should maximize the use of psychotherapeutic interventions and give first consideration to medications proven effective in the context of co-occurring substance abuse. Expanded communication and collaboration between substance abuse and mental health providers is crucial to improving outcomes for patients with these complex, difficult co-occurring disorders.”
NIH indeed suggests there is a correlation, and it must be dealt with through various forms of treatment and therapies.
Comorbidity and Substance Abuse
What is comorbidity? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
“Comorbidity describes two or more disorders or illnesses occurring in the same person. They can occur at the same time or one after the other. Comorbidity also implies interactions between the illnesses that can worsen the course of both.”
NIDA also suggests substance abuse disorder (SUD) and mental illnesses co-exist, depending on the person:
“Many people who have a substance use disorder also develop other mental illnesses, just as many people who are diagnosed with mental illness are often diagnosed with a substance use disorder. For example, about half of people who experience a mental illness will also experience a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and vice versa. Few studies have been done on comorbidity in children, but those that have been conducted suggest that youth with substance use disorders also have high rates of co-occurring mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.”
How to Get Help for Drug Abuse
If you or someone you know is suffering from drug abuse or any other substance abuse, contact ATSI at 1-(855)-498-2121 for a confidential consultation.