Depression as a Co-occurring Condition

Depression is a clinical mental illness that has crippling effects on the sufferer. Much like any other illness, it requires the correct professional treatment to overcome.

Depression is much more than just a feeling of sadness. To the sufferer, it can be debilitating, as it negatively impacts on all areas of their life. Overcoming Depression can take a combination of medical and therapeutic treatment. At Bradford Oasis we are able to successfully treat depression as a co-occurring disorder alongside a full medically managed detox for any substance dependency; providing a long-term solution in order to prevent recurrence of either condition in the future.

If you suffer from Depression, it is common for others to misunderstand the illness; they may say things to you such as “Just pull yourself together”, or “Just get on with it and stop feeling so sorry for yourself”. Hearing this is hurtful to someone who is suffering from a mental illness that is beyond his or her own control. Depression is not a choice; it is a life-threatening mental illness that can carry severe consequences to the sufferer and to their loved ones. It is not a condition that is likely to get better without treatment and is a common dual diagnosis illness that can result from an addiction. In some cases, it is an underlying mental health illness that will remain once the addiction has been successfully treated. Our rehab clinics specialise in treating depression in all its forms as a co-occurring illness. During the initial substance dependency and physical assessment, our doctor and nurses at Bradford Oasis will also assess your mental health. Our nurses are experienced in working with patients who have mental health issues as well as addiction. With our 24/7 nursing care and support from our team, you will be in safe hands and receive the best care possible.

Rehabilitation from Addiction and Depression

Following a full detoxification at Bradford Oasis, we strongly recommend that you immediately transfer to one of our other CQC-regulated rehab clinics for a personalised and full rehabilitation programme. We can arrange this for you, to seamlessly follow on from your detox either before admission, during treatment with us, or after treatment is completed. Treating the psychological aspect of addiction and co-occurring illness simultaneously is vital for long term recovery from all conditions presenting. Our other rehab clinics can continue the work with you on a more intensive level once detoxification is completed, using a number of cutting edge and evidence based treatments to unearth and heal the underlying causes of your illnesses. All our rehab clinics are staffed by qualified and experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and holistic therapists, who hold impressive credentials. If required, we can also prescribe medication to help correct any chemical imbalances and symptoms of depression if they remain once detox is completed. Bradford Oasis will also ensure that you continue to take any current prescribed medication for depression whilst in our care. Medication is far more effective at relieving and treating depression once the detox has been completed. Whilst drinking or taking drugs, antidepressant medications are not effective, but once the detox is complete they will work at their optimum level.

Types of Depression

There are various types of recognised medical Depression. Here are some of the common forms that require professional medical, therapeutic treatment or both.

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression occurs in new mothers and it is triggered by hormonal changes brought on by giving birth. It is completely different from the commonly occurring postnatal “baby blues” in that it is much more serious and without correct treatment can last for months, sometimes even years.

Those affected can have a constant feeling of sadness and feel listless. They may suffer from disturbed sleep patterns, low self-confidence and feel highly anxious. They are likely to neglect their own health and isolate from others as feel inadequate as new mothers. Women suffering from Postnatal Depression are likely to feel a failure and will be scared to express their true feelings for fear of being judged by others.

Postnatal Depression can be so severe in some cases that the woman affected is unable to care for herself or her baby. She may turn to drink or drugs in order to help her cope and blot out the overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame. If left untreated, the mother and child bond is likely to be affected and the woman may even feel so low that she contemplates taking her own life.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is also known as Manic Depression and causes the person to suffer from extreme mood swings. Those with Bipolar Disorder alternate between periods of deep depression and mania; where they will be very excited and then very depressed. Bipolar Disorder presents in various types, all are debilitating and very serious. Those suffering from manic episodes are likely to behave destructively and out of character, sometimes spending money they don’t have, behaving erratically and taking risks. When in a depressive state, they can be suicidal and self-harm. Bipolar Disorder usually requires a combination of mood stabilisers and therapy for a full recovery.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is linked to the fewer daylight hours of late autumn and winter. The shorter days and longer colder nights can trigger depression in those predisposed to it. Those affected will struggle during the winter months but come spring, when the days lengthen and the temperature rises, their mood will lift naturally. SAD can be mild or severe; those affected can suffer from an inability to sleep and experience issues with food and self-care during depressive periods. This can lead to an increase in addictive behaviours as the individual tries to fix themselves through external means. SAD can be successfully treated with a comprehensive therapeutic programme, designed to bring about a change in the individual’s thinking and perception.

Reactive Depression

As the name suggests this is where an individual develops Depression in response to an event. Common triggers are bereavement, redundancy and relationship break-ups. In order to recover, the individual will need therapy to help them process and deal with the triggering event.

Characteristics of Depression

If you are suffering from Depression, it can be helpful to spot the signs. If you or a loved one exhibits the following symptoms, please seek professional help and call us today. Delaying treatment can result in a downward spiral of suicidal ideation, addiction and self-harm tendencies.

Those with Depression may suffer from the following physical, social or psychological symptoms:

  • Constant feeling of sadness or hopelessness that lasts more than a few weeks
  • Feeling weepy or tearful but not knowing why
  • Suffering from low self-esteem and self-worth
  • Feeling guilty or ashamed
  • Having no motivation to do anything
  • Struggling to complete the simplest of tasks
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling of numbness and emptiness with no purpose
  • Being intolerant of others and isolating
  • Feeling worried or anxious
  • Being unable to make decisions
  • Suffering suicidal thoughts or self-harming
  • Slurred or monotone speech
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • Aches and pains
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Underperformance at school or work
  • Avoiding contact with friends or family
  • Neglecting activities that were previously enjoyed.
  • Neglecting finances, relationships and self-care
  • Feeling alone and unable to break free from the overwhelming feelings
  • Being hard on oneself and over critical of self and others

What Causes Depression?

There is no one singular event or trigger for an individual developing Depression. What is known is that the brain chemistry alters, as there is a lack of Serotonin produced. Serotonin is the body’s naturally occurring happy chemical. Adequate levels of Serotonin are required in order for an individual to feel content, able to sleep and feel motivated. A change in hormone levels and stress can trigger a decrease in Serotonin; others are predisposed to developing Depression.

Not everyone develops Depression as a result of a stressful or upsetting situation such as a relationship break down; those that do, often will have a family history of Depression and are predisposed genetically to be at higher risk of developing the condition. Addiction to alcohol and drugs commonly cause depression and this needs to be treated at the same time for a full recovery to be achieved.

Regardless of the cause, it is imperative that the individual seek help promptly.

Our Depression Treatment Programme

As a clinic specialising in the treatment of dual diagnosis patients, we have on board a qualified doctor experienced in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health illnesses. You will receive around the clock expert nursing care and support from our experienced keyworkers who use elements of CBT when treating patients. We also offer holistic therapies. For a full rehabilitation programme, we can transfer you after detox to one of our many outstanding rehab clinics in the UK. There, we treat Depression and Addiction simultaneously, using a number of proven therapeutic talking methodologies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Therapy, One to One Counselling, Group Therapy and a combination of mood enhancing and emotionally balancing holistic therapies such as Meditation, Mindfulness, Art, Music and a Fitness programme. Our Doctors can also prescribe medications to help your recovery from depression if it is confirmed to be a co-occurring underlying illness, and not just as a result from addiction.

The environment we have created within our detox clinic and rehab centres is one that is extremely supportive and healing; we focus on treating each individual as a whole. This means our personalised treatment programmes are designed to treat the root causes of the illness and restore each individual to optimum health in mind, body and spirit. We equip our patients with the tools they need for a full and permanent recovery and will do all we can to meet each person’s medical, clinical and therapeutic needs.

For more information on our treatment programme for Depression and how we can help, please call and speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist you in any way that they can.

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