It is common for various mental health conditions to exist in the presence of addiction. When this occurs, the mental health conditions are referred to as co-occurring disorders. According to National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), “when a mental health problem goes untreated, the addiction problem usually gets worse as well. And when alcohol or drug abuse increases, mental health problems usually increase too.” Therefore, it is essential that while treating addiction, we also treat any co-occurring mental health conditions.
Brisas has a team of licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists who are highly experienced in treating the co-occurring disorders that often accompany addiction. Below are brief descriptions of some of the more common co-occurring mental health conditions that we treat.
Depression is a real, but treatable mood disorder that can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. In order to be diagnosed, symptoms must occur for two weeks or more. Some of the more common psychological symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and worthlessness. Physical symptoms may include insomnia, appetite changes, fatigue, and more.
It is typical for people to feel anxiety when faced with difficult situations, but when fear and worry persist on a regular basis this may indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder. Psychological symptoms can include nervousness, feelings of dread, and a strong desire to avoid the object of one’s anxiety. Physical symptoms such as rapid breathing, gastrointestinal problems and rapid heart beat are common.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Formerly known as manic depression, this mood disorder is characterized by extreme shifts in mood. The two primary mood states that a bipolar person experiences are mania and depression. Mania usually produces a dramatic increase in energy, a euphoric mood, and irritability. Depression is identified with feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and a general lack of interest in most activities. When left untreated, bipolar disorder can impair a person’s energy, sleep, ability to work, and more.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment
PTSD occurs in some people after they have experienced a scary or dangerous event. It can also be the outcome of an event that was not necessarily dangerous, but profound, such as the unexpected death of a loved one. While feelings of fear or stress are normal responses to certain life altering situations, PTSD is differentiated by a person’s ongoing feelings of fear or stress long after the event has occurred and in the absence of any present danger. Symptoms can include avoidance, cognitive difficulties, mood disturbances, and being overly reactive or aroused by certain situations.
Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Treatment
ADHD is a highly genetic brain disorder that is identified by a persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity or impulsivity that interferes with normal functioning and development. While some degree of these behaviors is normal for most people, those who are diagnosed with ADHD experience them to a greater extreme and for an ongoing period of time. The disorder also affects the quality of a person’s social life, work, and school.