I would constantly think ‘Why am I here?’. I let my depression become so severe that I was suicidal, and I was drinking constantly. I waited until I hit rock bottom to get help, and it was almost too late. But I reached out, and the team at the Executive Rehab Guide helped me to find the right treatment option.’ – Tim
We’ve all been unhappy at various stages of our lives. Feeling sad about stressful, upsetting, and scary experiences in our lives is completely normal.
Being unhappy, however, is not the same as being depressed. Depression is a complex mental illness that is persistent and uncontrollable.
Many associate depression as being a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, but it is so much more complex than that.
If you are struggling with depression and addiction, contact us today on 0808 1150 446 to get the help you need.
People on the outside don’t understand
Have you reached out to someone you know in the past and had responses like ‘take some time for yourself’, ‘why not try exercise?’, or ‘you have everything, you’re so lucky, why are you depressed?’
Though these people might be trying to help, they don’t truly understand what you are going through medically.
Speaking to people who are struggling with mental health and addiction on a daily basis exposes us to the true symptoms of depression and substance abuse.
Depression and addiction is not just a series of symptoms on a leaflet or webpage, but it is a real and complex condition.
Feeling your feelings and talking through them with someone who is close to you can be helpful but probably won’t lead to long-lasting recovery.
Which is why, if you are feeling depressed you need to seek professional help.
Call us today on 0808 1150 446 for impartial and friendly advice you can trust. It’s also completely confidential.
Depression, addiction, depression: A vicious cycle
Because they are faced with a lot of trivial suggestions like ‘cheer up, things aren’t so bad’, and ‘have a glass of wine and a bath’, those struggling with depression think they can deal with it themselves.
Depression is nobody’s fault; it is an illness that means you need help and support.
Self-medication is incredibly common among those struggling with mental health problems.
- If you are feeling depressed, you are twice as likely to drink or take drugs as a means of trying to relieve your symptoms.
- What you may not realise is, though in the short-term, alcohol and drugs can give you a ‘high’, they are actually depressants. When you sober up your symptoms will feel worse than before.
- And so, the vicious cycle begins. you will drink to combat your feelings and feel depressed as you sober up, so you drink a little. More about the effects of addiction on mental health.
This continues in a cycle and worsens as your tolerance increases, and your dependence increases too.
Signs and symptoms of extreme depressive behaviour
Research has found that there are many possible causes of depression which include:
- Compromised mood regulation in the brain
- Genetic vulnerability to mental health problems
- Stressful life events
- Traumatic experiences
- Side effects of certain medications
Depression is caused by a change in mood regulation
When the brain is functioning normally, neurotransmitters are released. These enable senses, learning and acquiring information, movements and moods to keep moving and functioning normally.
Those who are suffering from severe depression have faults in the way these neurotransmitters work together.
For example, the brains receptors might be particularly sensitive to a specific neurotransmitter which causes a response which may seem to be oversensitive, excessive, or illogical.
Here awesome tell-tale signs of depressive behaviour that will need treatment.
If you relate to the following, you will need to call a professional to seek medical support.
5 key symptoms of severe depression:
1. Depressive and intrusive thoughts
Many associate racing thoughts with anxiety.
In depression, you will still experience destructive thoughts, which are feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and you will begin to question the meaning and worth of your own existence.
As you retreat into yourself and isolate yourself from others, these thoughts will become louder and more intrusive.
Symptoms, causes and signs of depression (depression page link)
2. Exhaustion and insomnia
If you are suffering from severe depression, you will have trouble getting up in the morning.
This is not only because you are exhausted, but because your distracted thoughts make you question ‘What’s the point in even getting up?’
Your limbs will feel heavy and you won’t want to leave your bed, your sofa, or do anything active.
While some who suffer from depression sleep a lot due to this exhaustion, most have trouble sleeping.
Anxiety and depression often occur together, and mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health problem worldwide.
- Rapid breathing and hyperventilation
- Racing thoughts
- Elevated blood pressure and increased heart rate
- Shaking and trembling
4. Uncontrollable emotions
Not only does depression come with destructive and intrusive thoughts, but it also causes extreme mood swings.
One minute you may feel anger, the next, complete sadness and uncontrollable crying.
If mood swings are a prominent symptom you may be suffering from bipolar disorder.
5. The danger of suicidal thoughts
The most dangerous symptom of depression is the risk of suicidal thoughts.
When you experience suicidal thoughts, you are seriously in danger and your life is at risk.
If you are worried about your own safety or the safety of another, call 999 immediately.
Get the help you need for substance abuse and mental health
Struggling with mental illness and addiction is called comorbidity.
You may not think you will get better, but comorbidity is very common and very treatable.
If you have thought about suicide, or if any of the above symptoms relate to you, please seek the help you need and deserve.
You are not alone. Call us today on 0808 1150 446
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Last Updated on August 5, 2021 by Alison