Dual Diagnosis & Depression Treatment Programs in Tampa, West Palm & Lake Worth

Dual Diagnosis refers to the combination of a mood disorder along with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The phrase “co-occurring disorders” is often used, as well, because both illnesses exist at the same time and frequently aggravate the symptoms of the other condition.

Establishing which disorder came first is difficult. Addiction to alcohol or drugs alters the brain’s chemistry. This can result in behaviors that might bring about mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety. However, an untreated and pre-existing mental condition, like bipolar disorder, can drive a person to self-medicate using either drugs or alcohol or both.

The key to treating those suffering with a dual diagnosis is identifying and evaluating both disorders. Long-term recovery is unlikely if only one of these serious conditions is addressed.

Depression Treatment Programs in Tampa, West Palm and Lake Worth

There are approximately 19 million Americans dealing with depression. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reveals that the brain of someone suffering from depression appears different than the brain of someone without the disorder.

The ultimate cause of depression is not entirely understood. Most studies point to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some of the symptoms of depression are:

 - Feelings of guilt, helplessness and irritability
 - Trouble sleeping combined with decreased energy and exhaustion
 - Loss of libido
 - Changes in appetiteDifficulty making decisions and concentrating
 - Suicidal thoughts and tendencies

There have been many advances made in the treatment of this mental disorder. Those experiencing depression can and do recover with the appropriate care. Global Detox has been successfully treating patients with depressive disorders for more than a decade.

After a thorough medical and psychiatric evaluation, the proper medications and therapies can be applied, which help to alleviate the painful symptoms. At Las Virgenes Behavioral and Medical Clinic, this treatment is offered in an outpatient setting.

Bipolar Treatment
Typically, bipolar disorder develops in a person’s late teens or early adulthood. This condition is characterized by mood swings that run from the most severe depression to states of intense mania. In extreme cases of bipolar disorder, symptoms of mania and depression can exist at the same time.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 2.6 percent of the U.S. population is affected every year by bipolar disorder. Research into this condition suggests that there is no single cause for the disease, but experts believe the condition is hereditary. The symptoms of bipolar disorder are complex and can vary from person to person. A few common symptoms are:

 - Long periods of worry and feelings of emptiness
 - Long periods of being overly happy, outgoing, feeling wired or irritable
 - Talking very fast and being easily distracted
 - An unrealistic belief in one’s own abilities
 - Feeling tired and slowed down

Without treatment, bipolar disorder is very difficult to live with. The extreme shifts in mood can damage a person’s private and professional life. Additionally, a very high percentage of people with bipolar disorder suffer from substance abuse issues.

Bipolar treatment begins with a proper diagnosis by a qualified physician. Our experience has shown that not every patient suffering with bipolar disorder responds to the same medication. Only after a comprehensive evaluation, which takes into account a patient’s unique needs and issues, can the proper therapy be given along with the appropriate mood stabilizing medications.

Las Virgenes Behavioral and Medical Clinic is one of the few places in the country that provides expert bipolar treatment and care as an outpatient service.

Anxiety Treatment
Anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, are among the most common mental conditions in the U.S. Those living with excessive anxiety can experience painful episodes lasting as long six months. These episodes can paralyze people and disrupt their lives and the lives of their families.

There are several different types of anxiety disorders, and the symptoms vary depending on the specific condition. Some of the overlapping and common signs of this mental illness are:

 - Uncontrollable or racing thoughts
 - Insomnia
 - Feelings of uneasiness, fear and panic
 - Obsessive behavior
 - Shortness of breath
 - Heart palpitations

As with other mood disorders, people with anxiety conditions have a high likelihood of co-occurring substance abuse issues. A medical doctor must diagnose anxiety disorders, and experts in the fields of psychopharmacology and psychiatry should administer anxiety treatment. The right medications can aid patients in controlling their levels of anxiety while the proper therapy can help them develop skills and techniques to live normal and happy lives.

Outpatient Depression Treatment Programs in Tampa, West Palm and Lake Worth

The combination of a mood disorder, such as Depression, and an addiction to drugs or alcohol is known as a dual diagnosis. Also referred to as “co-occurring disorders,” each disease intensifies the painful symptoms of the other.

Long-term recovery from a dual diagnosis is unlikely if one of the conditions is left untreated. Both problems must be identified and addressed.

Global Detox is nationally recognized for his expertise in the areas of addiction medicine, psychopharmacology, and for their excellent work in treating dual diagnosed patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a very real and all too common mental illnesses. It’s estimated that more than 8 percent of the population, approximately 19 million Americans, suffer from at least one depressive episode each year.

Science has not yet found a definitive cause for this condition. However, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research has shown that there’s a neural basis for depression. In other words, physicians can see that the brain of someone diagnosed with depression is different from the brain of a person without the disorder.

Typically, a depressive episode is suspected after two weeks or more of some of the following symptoms:

 - Feelings of sadness, guilt, helplessness and irritabilityTroubles sleeping combined with exhaustion and decreased energy
 - Difficulty experiencing pleasure from previously enjoyed activities
 - Loss of libido
 - Changes in appetite and eating habits
 - Difficulty making decisions and engaging in day to day life
 - Suicidal thoughts and tendencies

Many believe that depression is not a serious disease. While some might feel that they can handle the problem themselves, others are afraid to seek treatment because of the perceived stigma surrounding condition.

Though 70 percent of patients with depression go into full remission with effective treatment, fewer than half those living with the disorder will get the help they need. Living with untreated depression can lead to additional complications, such as developing an addiction to either alcohol or drugs.

Treating Depression and Substance Abuse

Studies have shown that about 20 percent of individuals suffering from addiction issues also have a dual diagnosed social anxiety disorder, like depression. The same statistic is true in the reverse. 20 percent of clinically depressed patients live with a co-occurring disorder of alcoholism or drug addiction.

Establishing which disorder came first is difficult. Drug and alcohol addiction changes the brain’s natural chemistry, which can result in mood disorders. On the other side of the coin, a pre-exiting mental condition, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder or depression, can drive a person to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs.
The key to treating individuals suffering with a dual diagnosis is recognizing and evaluating both disorders. A medical doctor must diagnose depression, and experts in the field of both addiction medicine and psychopharmacology should administer treatment.

Global Detox is unique in its approach to depression treatment. Global Detox's programs have made it unnecessary to live with the painful symptoms of depression. He is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. In addition to standard outpatient treatment, he also utilizes TMS Therapy in the office for patients who do not respond well to medication or other treatment methods.

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