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Is My Addiction Worsening My Depression Or Vice Versa
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Depends: The probably with substance abuse during depression is that you can start to treat your symptoms with alcohol or other drugs. They do not really treat your depression, just distract you from the symptoms. If you are depressed it is best to speak to a physician or mental health provider instead of trying to treat yourself with alcohol or drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More likely reverse: Depression is more likely to lead to excessive use of the internet than the reverse. However, spending all of your time on the internet is likely to lead to poor sleep habits, poor dietary choices, and withdrawal from family and friends. These things can all exacerbate depression. Internet use should be limited to less than 2 hrs/day for non-work purposes. ...Read more
Possibly: People with depression often have low drive & low energy. So they may chose to use their time engaging in an activity that is both non-demanding and distracting. In other words this may become somewhat of a crutch. Individuals with serious internet addictions often do this at the expense of relationships, physical health & emotional stimulation. This may or may not contribute to depressive state. ...Read more
Yes but : The depression is secondary to the addiction- treat the addiction first then reassess whether depressed feelings continue to persist. See a professional who specializes in addiction. You are not likely to get the help you need from just reading a book! self help is fine , like 12 step programs , but seeking help is the first step... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Where do I begin? I want 2 overcome my obesity, depression& substance addiction. I don't know where 2 start, can I be helped, am I worth saving?
Of course you can: be helped and are worth saving but it is a team effort. You do your part and professionals do theirs. Start by changing the name of your address here in HT. "Abandoned" just reinforces a negative. 12 step program for addiction, a trainer at a gym, and baby steps. Please stop excuses that rise up in your head. Peace and good health. A mental health professional can help you stay focused. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any studies on the causal link of masturbation leading to porn addiction, depression and ed? Should i make a study if this was my p. Experience?
How can you get over past addictions, depression, and low self esteem? What kind of doctor can help me?
Many different kinds: but probably most people would start with a psychiatrist with experience in addictions. There is a specialty of addiction psychiatry (www.aaap.org) and addiction medicine (www.asam.org). Your family physician would be another place to start, as many internists or generalist physicians develop expertise in helping you with these problems, as well as referring you to programs with more expertise. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
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