A High Percentage of Substance use Disorders Can be Attributed to Self Medication

wine bottlesAs many as 37% of individuals with an alcohol disorder have been found to also have a mental disorder, while 53% of individuals with drug disorders other than alcohol have been found to have a mental disorder.

Co-morbidity—the presence of more than one disorder—increases the severity of symptoms and the difficulty in treating either one of the problems.

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Depression Returns in About Half of Treated Teens

teen depression returnsAccording to a study that will appear in the March 2011 print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, depression recurs in almost half of adolescent patients.  The greatest predictors of a return to depression included:

  • Being female.  According to the report even more than half of females experienced a recurrence of depression.
  • Being in short-term treatment who did not respond well to treatment.
  • Having a co-occurring anxiety disorder (61.9% had a recurrence)

Although most depressed teens who receive depression treatment do recover from their initial episode of depression (96.4 percent), the high experience of recurrence points to a need for improved therapies.  Recurrence often occurred two or more years after the initial experience. There are many new therapies to treat depression such as ketamine infusion therapy. This ketamine therapy is proven safe and effective and is a promising treatment for people with depression.

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