The Alcohol Consumption of a Depressed Individual
People develop an addiction to alcohol for a multitude of different reasons. However, one of the strongest links with dependence is mental illnesses. Preferably, those with depression. Reason being that there are many out there who consume alcohol in the hopes of self-medicating themselves. The irony of this is alcohol is a depressant and, therefore, only drives an individual more into their mental illness.
Often enough, people get caught in a cycle where they’re drinking for months or years on end. Building up their addiction and depression together over the strength of time and, inevitably, need proper medical attention. This is a great example of why dual diagnosis can be so important to certain individuals. When a person must fight two different battles at once (addiction and depression), professional medical care is able to provide all that’s necessary to beat the battle.
As mentioned, many use alcohol as a way to self-medicate themselves through depression. But why? Statistics have shown that teenagers are most susceptible to feeling depressed due to such a shift in hormonal changes. Though, that’s not to say there aren’t the individuals going through a midlife crisis and in need of some relief.
When a person is depressed, his/her body chemicals don’t balance themselves out correctly. For a normal individual, there are moments of sadness that can sometimes last longer than expected but always return back to normal. For a depressed individual, this return is nowhere to be found and the illness lingers on for what seems like forever.
This is why people try to medicate themselves. They hope there’s something out there that can take them out of their prolonged sadness and reverse it as anyone else would feel. Alcohol becomes a top choice amongst individuals mainly due to its availability.
To top this off, there’s a lot of stigma behind depression. People without it don’t always understand it (even when they try to) and people can’t help but question everyone else’s motive. Being this stigma, many avoid seeking out professional help and decide to take matters into their own hands.
If you’re wondering about your or a loved one’s mental capacity, common symptoms of depression include:
- Lack of focus
As mentioned, people without depression don’t always understand it. There’s the common excuse that an individual should just, “cheer up and learn to be happy.” If only curing depression was that simple.
What’s necessary to equalize an individual’s chemical balance (to equal out the sad feelings and the happy ones) is professional medical attention such as doctors and therapists. Under their supervision and guidance, an individual has the capability of learning to cope with their emotions and understanding where they might have spawned from. Without this professional attention, one may end up secluding to their own solution which often enough becomes alcohol.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction that coincides with a mental illness or you have more questions on the matter, Stonewall Institute Treatment Center is happy to help. Please give us a call at 602-535-6468 or email us at email@example.com.
Posted by Stonewall Institute Treatment Center on Monday, July 17th, 2017 @ 6:00PM
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