Depression, and other mood disorders, frequently co-occur with substance use disorders. The relationship is complex; one disorder can fuel the other. Either can develop first, and suffering from both conditions complicates diagnosis and treatment. For treatment to be effective, both depression and substance use disorders must be treated at the same time through co-occurring treatment programs. Untreated dual diagnosis, or treating one condition and not the other, can lead to worsening both disorders and increasing the risk for suicide.
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The Relationship Between Depression and Substance Use
Mood disorders, like depression, are the most common mental health conditions to co-occur with substance use disorders. In many cases, these two conditions are intertwined and can make the other disorder worse.
There is often an ongoing interaction between depression and addiction. A depressed person may use drugs to self-medicate their symptoms. Or, a person abusing drugs can develop depression as a result of use. The relationship is complex and can be difficult for clinicians to diagnose. Symptoms of drug use are often similar to symptoms of depression. It’s important to understand each disorder and identify the symptoms to effectively address each condition.
Symptoms of Substance Use Disorders
Like depression, a substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex disorder. SUD is characterized by compulsive use, intense drug cravings, a lack of control over using the drug, and continuing to use drugs despite harmful consequences in all aspects of life.
Symptoms of substance use disorders include:
Common substances that cause addiction include alcohol, marijuana, heroin, prescription medications, and other illegal drugs. Addictions to these substances disrupt regular functioning in the brain and can increase a person’s risk for depression and other mental disorders.
Why Do Substance Use Disorders and Depression Co-Occur?
It’s not always the case that one disorder causes the other, and it can be difficult to determine why they co-occur. There are several theories, however, as to why depression so often co-occurs with substance use and addiction. Consider these theories and risk factors:
- Disorder fosters disorder – Depression increases the risk for a substance use disorder, and substance use disorders increase the risk for depression.
- Underlying genetic factors – Someone’s genetics or biology can predispose them to develop substance use disorders or depression or increase the risk for developing a second condition after the first one appears.
- Underlying environmental factors – Trauma, stress, and early exposure to drugs or alcohol can increase the risk of developing addiction or depression.
- Depression and addiction are developmental disorders – Depression and addiction often begin when someone is a teenager or younger, an essential time during the brain’s developmental process. The early use of drugs can lead to depression, and early symptoms of depression can lead to an increased risk for addiction.
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