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Concurrent disorders

One of the many reasons I was motivated to study mental health and treatment practices during my Ph.D. work was the prevalence of Anxiety, Depression and Drug Induced Psychosis within the addicted population.  Although many of the symptoms clients experience are a result of living with addiction, many people begin their addiction by medicating symptoms related to mood disorders.  This often is a temporary solution that backfires with devastating consequences.  My work with those struggling with both mental illness and addiction integrates the work that is necessary for maintaining sobriety and coping with mental health symptoms.  Left untreated, symptoms related to mental health disorders ultimately lead individuals back to addiction.

 

Anxiety and depression are conditions that are complex and require direct attention.  It is important to develop a trusting and safe space where learning about your illness and how to empower yourself is possible.  Living with this kind of illness in isolation is difficult and has an impact on everyone that cares about that person.  This is an area I have dedicated a great deal of time to during my career and my approach is gentle, integrated and aligned with best practices in the fields of addiction and mental illness.  My approach to working with concurrent disorders integrates the work necessary for maintaining sobriety and begins to deal with mental health challenges that left untreated ultimately lead individuals back to addiction.

 

Therapy that focuses on depression and anxiety will:

 

  • Help you understand the relationship between addiction and mental health symptoms.
  • Replace thoughts that feed an addictive process.
  • Understand the origin of dysfunctional and unhelpful thinking patterns.

Depression

We are more familiar with stories of depression in our media today and the world is beginning to understand that for some people depression is a debilitating and suffocating disorder.  Depression is a serious condition that many people suffer with in silence.  Whether this is from denial of our own suffering, which is common, or from our tendency to think mental health is "our fault" many of us don't come forward with depression until it has caused a great deal of difficulty in our lives.  There is hope for people struggling with depression and therapy is often an integral part of this.

 

If you are experiencing any of the following, please reach out for help:

 

  • An inability to follow through with commitments.
  • Feelings of hopelessness that can be felt physically and prevent you from participating in relationships.
  • Persistent sadness that seems to descend on you.
  • Flat mood that sometimes is experienced as "numbness".
  • No interest in activities that previously brought you pleasure.
  • Loss of sex drive.
  • Weight gain or loss.
  • Unexplained physical complaints.
  • Thoughts of suicide.

Lisa Muhler Registered Psychologist Ltd.  |  1601 - 1 Street S.  Cranbrook, BC  V1C 1B7  |  Telephone 250.464.5049  |  info@Imps.ca