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Challenges of Overcoming Depression

Challenges of Overcoming Depression

Living with depression can be debilitating and life-threatening. Depression can lead to suicide. Over 700,000 people die due to suicide every year, according to the World Health Organization. This can make overcoming depression a daily challenge for many people. With help, guidance, treatment, support, and medication, many people are able to live healthy and happy lives after depression. If you are looking to learn more about luxury depression treatment centers and overcoming depression, keep reading.

Sudden Life Changes

One of the most complex parts about overcoming depression without the help of luxury inpatient mental health treatment is that life always presents sudden changes. The one thing you can count on never changing: Life constantly changes. Sudden life changes can trigger depression and anxiety, worsening it and making it difficult to overcome in the moment. Some sudden life changes that are especially triggering to individuals suffering from depression include:

  • End of a relationship or friendship
  • Death of a loved one, including a pet
  • Argument with a loved one
  • Moving
  • New job
  • Financial issues
  • Traumatic experience
  • Bullying
  • Changes at work or school
  • Discrimination
  • Pregnancy or new baby in the family

Substance Abuse

One of the biggest challenges of overcoming depression is dealing with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It is very common for people who suffer from depression or anxiety also to experience substance abuse issues. Roughly one-third of adults who have a substance use disorder also suffer from depression. Among individuals with recurring major depression, approximately 16.5 percent have an alcohol use disorder, and 18 percent have a drug use disorder.

The rates are so high, and co-occurring disorders are so common because they exacerbate each other, make each other worse, and are symptoms of each other.

The cycle of substance abuse and depression can look like this:

  1. The individual suffering from depression feels the need to self-medicate with substances to achieve temporary relief from their symptoms
  2. Although a temporary relief happens, the depression and anxiety worsen after it is over
  3. Anxiety and depression are side effects of substance abuse, which compounds on the existing disorder
  4. The individual finds it more challenging to achieve the same relief they previously had, forcing them to use more and more substances to achieve the same high
  5. Repeat

Dual Diagnosis

The only way to treat depression and substance abuse successfully is by treating them together. If one is treated without the other, both disorders will inevitably present themselves again and likely in a worse fashion.

Dual diagnosis helps to tackle the co-occurring disorders head-on. Through individualized treatment, our staff will prepare a custom treatment plan that will meet all your needs.

Self-Awareness and Support

Another challenge regarding overcoming depression is self-awareness. The individuals who suffer from depression are likely aware of it; they experience the symptoms every day. However, when depression worsens, it can be hard to see in the mirror. This makes leaning on your support system, as well as listening to your support system, crucial in overcoming depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

About The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center

There are many challenges when it comes to depression, substance abuse, and overcoming these conditions. The good news is, help is available. You do not have to feel alone in your battle against depression or substance abuse. If you’ve found that your mental health issues are beyond your control, our luxury depression treatment center can help.

Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are profoundly lonely afflictions. We understand what you’re going through, and we help clients like you, every day, to find a better way of life. The broad range of mental health illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and others, are rarely self-correcting. In struggling to find relief, those suffering from mental health issues frequently turn to self-medication. Alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and other compulsive behaviors become a painful added conflict.

To comfort you during your healing, we offer discreet, luxurious accommodations. For your added convenience, private quarters are available. Our exquisite residential properties are located in Malibu’s most prestigious beachfront community, with views of the Pacific Ocean, a beautiful place to find peace and begin your recovery. During your stay, you can also look forward to gourmet cuisine prepared daily by our on-staff chefs.

You are safe here, and our commitment to privacy is unwavering. In the spirit of compassion, professional ethics, and accordance with HIPAA privacy protections, your recovery time here is known only to those that you wish to include in your inner circle.

If you’re ready to start your journey to long-lasting recovery, we are here for you.