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Depression and Alcoholism: Why the Link?

August 13, 2013

Depression and alcoholism have a strong link to each other, particularly in women. Scientific studies show that women who are binge drinkers have higher rates of depression than men do. However, drinking does not necessarily lead to depression; it can be a symptom or a method of self-medication. A cycle can quickly develop, forging a bond between a woman’s drinking and her depression. Explaining the Link Between Depression and Alcoholism Mood-Numbing Depression and alcoholism feed off of each other. Feelings of depression can be overwhelming and very hard to handle. Many women turn to alcohol to create a ‘high’ that…

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Anxiety and Addiction: Why Are Women at High Risk?

August 7, 2013

Anxiety and addiction often develop together, although it is difficult to determine which comes first. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and may turn to addictive substances as a coping mechanism. Although anxiety does not necessarily cause addiction (and vice-versa), 20 percent of Americans with an anxiety or mood disorder also have a substance abuse disorder. Both anxiety and addiction are forms of mental illness, and women are at a particularly high risk. Why Anxiety and Addiction Affect Women Hormones Studies suggest that the female brain is hit harder by the presence…

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Understanding the Link Between Depression and Alcohol Abuse

June 19, 2013

Depression and alcohol often go hand in hand, requiring a special sort of treatment for addicts. A significant number of women diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with alcohol abuse or addiction. Similarly, a large number of women with an addiction eventually are diagnosed as being clinically depressed. The stark reality is that depression and alcohol dependency commonly are both diagnosed in females. If you feel you are facing both depression and alcohol dependency, abuse or addiction issues, keep in mind two important facts. First, you definitely are not alone. Thousands of women receive the dual diagnosis of alcohol addiction…

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The Link Between Depression and Alcohol in Women

Depression and alcohol abuse often occur together. Alcohol has a sedative effect on the brain and tends to decrease feelings of anxiety that often occur when a woman is feeling down. This depression can be caused by external factors or might be due to actual physical changes in the brain. Although depression and alcohol, particularly in women, can be very damaging, there are treatment programs that can help. Depression and Alcohol There is a lot of confusion on whether depression or alcohol abuse comes first. For some people, it is easier to drown their sorrows with alcohol than to face…

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Coping with Anxiety and Depression After Drug Rehab

July 18, 2012

Anxiety and depression are two common illnesses that affect women with substance abuse and addiction problems.  Neither illness causes the other, so we call these co-occurring or dual diagnosis disorders since they often occur side-by-side.  According to a report published by the American Medical Association, thirty-seven percent of alcohol abusers and fifty-three percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness – including depression or anxiety. Why is it important to treat both the substance abuse and mental illness? It is very difficult to tell what the primary diagnosis is for a woman suffering from anxiety and…

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Tips For Dealing With Depression

April 4, 2012

Depression by definition is a mood disorder in which intense feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. It can drain your energy, be incredibly self-defeating, suck up your motivation and leave you wondering how on earth you’re going to make it through the day. If you’re feeling this way, you’re far from alone. An estimated 19 million adults are living with depression in the United States today. While it may not be possible to beat your depression into submission through grit and willpower alone, there are plenty of things we can do…

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Sexual Abuse and Addiction

January 17, 2012

Sexual abuse is arguably one of the most emotionally scarring traumas that a person can suffer. The effects of sexual abuse can present themselves for years after the actual event. It has been shown that sexual abuse can both lead to and stem from addiction to and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Studies have shown that as many as two-thirds of women in addiction treatment programs have suffered from sexual abuse at some point in their lives. The sexual abuse may have been something that occurred at a young age or it may be something more recent, and may be…

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Bipolar Disorder in Women Commonly Misdiagnosed

October 14, 2011

Bipolar disorder in women is misdiagnosed almost three times as often as it is in men. Without question, bipolar disorder can be challenging for even trained professionals to properly diagnose the first time around. Since the calling card of this psychiatric condition is recurring bouts of depression (the depressive phase), mixed with an unusually elevated mood (the manic phase), it can be easy to see how a doctor can miss the mark. Traditionally, women experience the depressive phase of bipolar disorder more intensely than they do the manic phase, and men are known to experience the opposite. This is almost…

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Learning to Live with an Anxiety Disorder

October 12, 2011

Anxiety in women occurs twice as often as anxiety in men. 40 million Americans currently suffer from an anxiety disorder, a statistic that has been skyrocketing over the last few decades, but why? In spite of the vast number of women diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder, anxiety in women is actually thought to be under-diagnosed in the United States. One large reason for that is the average time between the onset of symptoms and when a woman finally gets a diagnosis is an astonishing 9 to 12 years according to Dr. Robert Leahy, a clinical professor of psychology and…

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Understanding Depression in Women

October 3, 2011

Depression in women affects one out of every eight women in the United States according to the National Mental Health Association. Even with depression being so common, there’s still a great deal about the illness that the average person doesn’t know. For example, depression does not affect every person the same. It is a very unique and personal disease that affects each individual who experiences it differently. Clinical depression is more common in women than in men, with an estimated 12 million women experiencing it each year. If depression in women is left untreated, symptoms typically worsen and can negatively…

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