The Sick & Drug Abusers

Getting blue as you go high on drugs

by The Anti Depression Team on

Substance abuse is closely-linked to depression. This is because most substances, alcohol included, depress the nervous system after a chemical-induced high. It is believed that chemical abuse of the brain is the main cause of substance abusers feeling depressed.

It is also argued that depressed individuals are likely to self-medicate with alcohol and other substances, including overdosing on prescription drugs. In cases where both substance abuse and depression are suspected and present, it is recommended that analysis should be carried out on whether substance abuse was a result of being depressed. Such a case would warrant that dual treatment to treat both substance abuse as well as depression be administered.

Unbelievable! I am Sick and Depressed

by The Anti Depression Team on

Disease of the thyroid gland is one of the more common causes of being depressed, especially in women, due to the thyroid hormones that are released. When too little thyroid hormone is produced, this results in hypothyroidism, which slows down metabolism rate. This would cause the sufferer to experience various symptoms such as feeling sluggish all the time. The sufferer may also get depressed and experience accompanying symptoms like a lack of energy and tearfulness.

When the thyroid gland produces too much hormone, hyperthyroidism occurs and this speeds up the metabolism. This can lead to racing thoughts, confusion and even psychosis. However, this is potentially more harmful than hypothyroidism as this can lead to sufferers feeling majorly depressed.

In America, 1.3 million individuals are diagnosed with cancer every year. Of those, one in four will become depressed. If left untreated, the depressed cancer patients may be unwilling to undergo treatment and this would be threatening to their lives.

Patients with heart disease are also at a higher risk of getting depressed. One in five people with coronary artery disease are depressed even before a heart attack. This would then be part of a highly destructive cycle as it is observed that depressed people with coronary artery disease are at a greater risk of a heart attack and after getting a heart attack, the risk of developing depression rises to between 40 and 65 percent. Depression is a major hindrance to cardiac treatment, and as a result, depressed heart attack survivors have a greater risk of dying within six months of three to four times as compared to their non-depressed counterparts.

The stress that is associated with the heart attack could be a factor of depression, and the more severe a heart attack is, the more depressed the survivor may be and this may lead to a higher probability of mortality. On the flip side, it can also be argued that depression is a trigger of heart attacks as the common physical changes that are experienced while depressed may overwork the heart and in turn cause more deaths.

One in four stroke survivors in the United States get significantly depressed within 2 months of their stroke. Many would believe that it is due to physical damages that had occurred, but instead, it has been observed that the likelihood of developing depression is closely linked to strokes on the left side of the brain, especially when areas closer to the front of the brain are involved.

Other medical conditions that can be closely linked with depression include cancer of the tail of the pancreas, abnormalities of the adrenal glands and Huntington chorea. Certain common medications such as medications used to treat high blood pressure and steroids used to treat many different medical conditions like allergic reactions may also cause patients to get depressed.