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Addiction is often accompanied by mental health issues that we aren’t consciously aware of. We know we’re experiencing mental and emotional pain, but we don’t know why. For some of us, depression presents itself after an isolated incident. We feel sad and hopeless after our relationship ends or during a major life transition such as losing a job. For others of us, we suffer from chronic depression that lasts for many months or even years. When we are experiencing chronic depression, our lives can feel totally overcome with sadness and fear. We can struggle with feeling lost, alone, confused and overwhelmed. We can feel as though there is no meaning or purpose in life. We often haven’t found our true purpose that will ultimately bring us fulfillment and satisfaction in our lives. We suffer from debilitating symptoms of depression on a daily basis. We experience severe fatigue, where we have trouble getting out of bed, maintaining our energy throughout the day, and having the strength to cope with our everyday lives. We may also suffer from insomnia which exacerbates our exhaustion. We struggle with daily anxiety that makes us feel nervous, worried and afraid. Our fear may even manifest as paralyzing panic attacks. We can feel physical pain, discomfort and soreness with depression, proving that depression can affect us physically as much as it does mentally and emotionally. Chronic depression can overtake our lives and make it hard for us to focus, concentrate, think critically and solve problems. Our minds can race, and we can struggle with excessive worrying and overthinking.
Chronic depression when left untreated can worsen until we experience drastic breakdowns in our mental health and overall well-being. Some of us may experience what we refer to as a nervous breakdown, where we can’t stop panicking, we lose our appetite and can’t sleep, or can’t seem to stop crying no matter what we do. If we also suffer from bipolar depression we can experience the crash that comes after a manic episode. Undiagnosed and untreated depression of any kind can be dangerous and even life-threatening. We can be overcome by suicidal thoughts and ideations, active visualizations of how we will harm ourselves. Along with anxiety and panic, we can experience chronic anxiety disorders such as thought complexes, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and delusions.
Our wellness and our happiness depend on whether or not we address the chronic mental and emotional health issues we’re suffering from. Our pain only worsens when we continue to be too afraid to face these issues.
We tend to think we’re alone in our pain, especially when we isolate ourselves, but there is hope available to us. Bayview recovery treats co-occurring disorders such as depression within its addiction treatment programs. For more information call 888-570-7154 today.