It’s not unusual for those with substance abuse problems to also be suffering from a mental health disorder. It’s common for the two to exist at the same time. These are known as a substance induced mood disorder. Often, it’s impossible to determine how the two are related, but mental health issues and substance abuse issues can definitely feed off of each other.

Sometimes, however, one definitely causes the other. If symptoms of mood disorders like depression, bipolar disorder or similar mental health condition arise after someone begins using a substance and end once the individual has entered recovery, it’s likely the problem substance-induced. This means it is brought about by use of that substance, rather than some other reason.Substance Induced Mood Disorder Treatment.

These types of problems can be complex and confusing, particularly if you’ve never experienced symptoms of a mood disorder before. Here at Crest View Recovery Center, we have the expertise and the support to help you work through this difficult time and move forward in a healthy manner. Keep reading to learn more about substance induced mood disorder and what such a diagnosis can mean for your recovery.

About Substance Induced Mood Disorder

A change in your thinking, behavior or feelings that is brought about when you take or stop taking drugs or alcohol is an indication of a mood disorder that is induced by that substance. It’s possible for a prescription medicine, alcohol or illicit drug to cause you to feel manic, depressed or anxious. It’s important to take note as to whether these symptoms were present before exposure to the substance. If so, you’re not dealing with a substance induced mood disorder.

The causes of such mood disorders can be complex. Your brain produces various chemicals, each with their own purpose and effect. When the chemicals are in the correct balance, your mood is stable. When these substances are forced out of whack for any reason, your mood, energy, and behavior can be negatively affected.

The introduction of drugs or alcohol into your system is likely to disrupt your brain chemical composition. Everyone’s makeup is different, so you never can tell how you might be affected by a particular thing. Substances that can induce problems with your mood include alcohol, LSD, cocaine, prescription medicines, and even some over-the-counter medications.

Symptoms of Substance Induced Mood Disorders

There can be many different symptoms that associate with these types of disorders. They mimic those of conditions that do not associate with any substance. Symptoms generally begin soon after you start taking a particular drug or alcohol. They may last as long as you keep that substance in your system, ending days after you quit taking them.

Symptoms usually fall into the category of depressive or manic, for the most part. Depressive symptoms include feeling sadness, loss of interest in activities usually enjoyed, low energy or changes in appetite. You can feel guilty, worthless or hopeless, as well. An inability to concentrate, with possible physical symptoms such as headaches and joint pain are also possible.

Manic symptoms leave you feeling on top of the world with an exaggerated positive view of yourself. You’ll notice lots of energy, the ability to go without sleep or racing thoughts. You may also become easily irritated or aggressive.

How Crest View Recovery Center Can Help

Professional addiction treatment can be what you need to overcome the symptoms of mood disorder induced by substances.

Services at CVRC include:

Facing substance induced mood disorder on your own is scary. Crest View Recovery Center can help provide you with information, resources, and support. Call us at 866.327.2505 to learn how to get started.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.