Find Local Treatment Options
Call 888-646-0635 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.Who Answers?

The Dangers of Depression and the Need for Treatment

Feeling sad or blue every now and then can be expected considering the fast-paced lifestyle of today. When these feelings become more so the norm than the exception, some form of psychological disorder may be at work.

Compared to other conditions, depression ranks as the most prevalent mental health problem in the United States. According to the Washington University School of Medicine, an estimated 17.5 million Americans live with some form of depression. Of this number, as many as 9.2 million suffer from severe or clinical depression.

Depression develops out of a state of chemical imbalance in the brain that persists over time. When left untreated, this imbalance worsens leaving a person open to developing even more serious conditions.

Depression Disorders

Whenever feelings of any sort start to impair a person’s quality of life in terms of being able to sleep, work, eat or feel some sense of satisfaction, psychological dysfunction is more often than not the culprit. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression disorders encompass a range of types and severities, including:

  • Major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Psychotic depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Postpartum depression

While certain types of depression tend to develop under specific circumstances, such as postpartum and seasonal affective forms, the overall effects on a person’s daily life remain the same.

Risk Factors Associated with Depression

depression dangers

Noticeable weight changes are a symptom of depression.

The dangers of depression develop gradually over time perpetuated by the brain’s state of chemical imbalance and the corresponding thinking, emotional and behavioral patterns that only work to reinforce the condition. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Muddled thinking
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Noticeable changes in weight

As depression’s effects on the brain tend to be progressive, someone who experiences a depression episode is twice as likely to experience another episode in the future compared to people unaffected by the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. With each episode, symptoms only become more severe, which places suffers at increasing risk of self-harm.

Dual Diagnosis Disorder

An estimated two-thirds of people suffering from depression neglect to seek out needed treatment help. Not surprisingly, untreated depression can easily become a springboard for substance abuse behaviors to develop as a person attempts to self-medicate symptoms of depression with alcohol and drugs. Once the effects of the drug wears off, he or she is left feeling worse than before, which only prompts continued drug use.

Someone struggling with both depression and a substance abuse problem has developed a dual diagnosis condition. Like depression, substance abuse in any form causes brain chemical imbalances to form. In effect, depression and the effects of substance abuse tend to aggravate one another, worsening the severity of both conditions over time, according to the University of Utah Health Services.

Dual Diagnosis

Treatment Considerations

In spite of the emotional turmoil depression brings, these conditions can be easy to overlook or ignore considering the stigma attached to mental illness in general. That being so, ignoring the problem only predisposes a person to the dangers of depression and the downward spiral that ensues.

The good news is depression is a treatable condition with a high success rate. Ultimately, getting needed treatment help can make all the difference in the world as far as your quality of life goes.

If you or someone you know struggles with ongoing feelings of depression and are considering getting help, please don’t hesitate to call our toll-free helpline at 888-646-0635Who Answers? for more information on depression treatment or to locate treatment programs in your area.

More Rehab Centers Resources

Alternatives to Traditional Drug Addiction Rehab

addiction treatment

Formal drug addiction treatment at a traditional rehab facility is still considered to be the best possible option for most individuals with substance use disorders. Formal treatment can be either in an inpatient or outpatient-based facility, and usually consists of a treatment plan including medication, therapy, and several other medical care options (depending on the….

Continue reading

Coping Strategies You’ll Learn in Rehab for Depression

remedies for depression

Rehab can be incredibly beneficial to someone suffering from severe depression. In rehab for depression, a patient will be taught many coping strategies that will help with the symptoms of their condition. Therapy Therapy will be one of the most important aspects of the rehab experience for someone suffering from depression. The University of Health….

Continue reading

Life Skills Learned in Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

Drug and alcohol rehab centers

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are 36 million people in the United States who need some form of drug treatment. Many of these people live below the poverty line and are the product of single parent households. Many of them do not know even the basic life skills needed….

Continue reading

Understanding Alcoholism Treatment

Alcoholism treatment can help you overcome your addiction!

Alcoholism is a dangerous condition that requires immediate treatment. For those who can’t stop drinking alcohol on their own there are options available that can provide help. Alcoholism treatment is providing in a number of ways, most often beginning with alcoholism detoxification and then on to alcoholism rehab centers. For severe cases of alcoholism where….

Continue reading

Do I Need Aftercare?

Whether or not a patient is in need of aftercare depends strongly on their state of recovery when their treatment program at a rehab center ends. However, there are many different types of aftercare available, and attending another type of treatment after one’s time in a rehab center is over is often helpful. What Options….

Continue reading

What Happens in Marijuana Rehab?

rehab for weed

Besides alcohol, marijuana exists as the most commonly abused drug among all age groups. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 29 million people reported using marijuana as of 2009. While legal restrictions surrounding marijuana use may be loosening, this drug does still carry addictive properties. Anyone considering entering marijuana rehab has likely….

Continue reading

Top 5 Signs You Need Prescription Drug Rehab 

drug rehab

Illicit drugs like crystal meth, cocaine, and heroin are not the only substances to which a person can become addicted. According to the NIDA, “Some medications have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused––that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone….

Continue reading

How to Help an Alcoholic Husband

Find help for your alcoholic husband today!

It can be very troublesome to watch your husband, the absolute love of your life, drink his life away to mere disaster but how can you help? Many wives struggle with the idea of trying to find help for an alcoholic husband who has simply spiraled out of control and, although some do muster up….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call 888-646-0635 Who Answers?

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW888-646-0635
Who Answers?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares