Influence of Substance Abuse on Mood

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Substances have a profound impact on mood. They alter brain chemistry, and as a result of that those who use them experience an altered state of mind that can have an impact of things such as thoughts, mood, and behavior. Most people begin to use substances in order to improve mood, but this isn’t the way that it always goes. Many people have started reporting that they experience the opposite when they use substances, even the ones that are known to produce sensations such as euphoria and happiness otherwise.

This is a dangerous trap that many people fall into. They associate these substances with happiness, so when they become depressed as a result of using them, they assume that it is being caused by something else…And because they do not realize that the substance is causing it, they continue to use it and often increase their dosage in an attempt to find relief. It is easy to see how this could be incredibly dangerous for mental health.

Substance Abuse can Cause the Following

  • Increased Irritation
  • Anxiety
  • Depressive episodes
  • Anger
  • Agitation
  • Violent behavior

This is Why Psychological Care is Needed During Recovery

It could be easy to fall into the trap of believing that drug addiction only requires physical assistance during withdrawal. This is not the case! It is imperative that those who are going through treatment for substance abuse get treatment for their mental health as well as physical health. Those who have used substances often experience an increase in depression and anxiety. Sometimes people become suicidal while using due to the severity of the depressive-like symptoms that they experience. Without proper psychological care, this can be disastrous and result in a lot of heartache and pain.

How to Tell if It’s Substance-Induced Depression

Substance-induced depression can differ quite a bit from regular clinical depression. However, if you are experiencing symptoms shortly after or during the time of use it is possible. This is particularly likely to be the case if you have not experienced depression in the past. If you have found that your symptoms have gone away during the times that you are not using it is likely that your symptoms were a complication from substance abuse. The only real way to know this for certain is to consult with a medical professional about the symptoms that you are experiencing.

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