Category: Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders & Addiction

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A common element seen in many addicts/alcoholics is the existence of a mood disorder.  A mood disorder may be primary or secondary, as a main factor in substance abuse or as the result of the chemical dependency and resultant withdraw syndromes.  Correct diagnosis, identifying any underlying problems; education, in regards to how the mood disorder …

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Addiction & Mood Disorders

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There is a strong correlation between addicts, alcoholics and mood disorders.  This is usually referred to as Axis I & II diagnosis.  Some of the more common forms of mood disorders and the terms used to describe them are described here. Clinical or Major Depression, to be distinguished from feeling down or sad, to the …

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Depression

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Many of symptoms of depression are also common parts of normal life.  As a result, patients and their families may find it difficult to understand or recognize it as a mental disorder. However, key differences in the duration, causes and strength of symptoms can distinguish between feeling down and having depression. A person’s prevailing emotions …

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