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Person in a depression treatment programIf you suffer from depression, using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate is a dangerous path. It may seem like a solution, but help is available. Dual diagnosis treatment can change your outlook on life.

Here at Northpoint Seattle, we offer mental health treatment programs—including depression therapy—as part of our dual diagnosis services. We believe one co-occurring condition should never be treated without treating the other simultaneously. To learn more about our depression treatment center in Washington, contact our team online or call 888.483.6031 today.

What Is Depression?

It’s important to differentiate between sadness and depression. While some may use these terms interchangeably, they are distinct. Many people have experienced prolonged sadness or grief, but their emotions eventually improved. Some have experienced temporary bouts of the blues, but their conditions improved as well.

Types of Depression

There are several different forms of depression. These include:

Clinical depression lasts for at least two weeks and significantly affects work, social life, and relationships. Depression brings a sense of hopelessness and intensifies sadness. Low energy is also typical among those with depression. Some individuals with depression experience insomnia, while others can sleep for long periods. Changes in appetite, weight gain or loss, and a lack of concentration are common symptoms.

How Someone Develops Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental issues in the United States today. While research is still unclear as to what could cause depression, scientists agree that some risk factors tend to be common denominators in those who suffer from depression. They combine genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
Some common risk factors for depression include:

  • Having a family member who has a history of depression
  • Experiencing a significant life change
  • Living through a traumatic event
  • Having a constant state of feeling stressed
  • Going through certain types of physical illnesses or diseases
  • Taking certain types of medications

Depression can happen to anyone, regardless of age. Usually, however, it does not begin until the adult years.

Signs of Depression

Many people live their lives with undiagnosed depression, and if this is the case for you, it can be helpful to learn more about some of the signs of depression. That way, you can have a better understanding of your situation.
Some warning signs of depression include:

  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic about your future
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Problems with sleeping at night, waking up early, or sleeping too much
  • Changes in your appetite or weight
  • A persistent feeling of sadness or anxiety
  • Feeling worthless or helpless
  • Lack of interest in hobbies or activities you once enjoyed
  • Contemplating suicide
  • Problems with concentration or memory
  • Difficulty with making decisions
  • A significant decrease in your energy

If you notice multiple symptoms in your own life, it could indicate depression. Seeking a prompt diagnosis is crucial to receive the necessary help.

About Depression and Addiction

Depression often goes hand-in-hand with substance abuse. Many people use drugs or alcohol to cope with the symptoms of depression, but in reality, this only worsens the condition and can lead to addiction. At Northpoint Seattle, our dual diagnosis treatment approach addresses both depression and addiction simultaneously.

Our depression treatment program is designed to provide comprehensive care for those struggling with both depression and addiction. Through personalized detox, individual therapy, group therapy, and holistic treatments, our team works with clients to heal the underlying causes of their conditions.

Get a Dual Diagnosis and Enroll in Depression Treatment at Northpoint Seattle in Washington

We would love to talk with you if you would like to get more information about how we can help you with dual diagnosis treatment here at Northpoint Seattle. Please get in touch with us online or call 888.483.6031 today.