**WARNING**: The link between DEPRESSION and SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Teen alcohol addiction concept We’ve all had days where we feel down! Where the world seems as if it is against us and we just can’t catch a break! On days like these we all want an escape, a way to let go and forget about all the problems we have to deal with. It is unsurprising then that there is strong link between depression and substance abuse. People who suffer from anxiety or depression are two to three times more likely to have an alcohol or other substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives than the general population!

Here’s how to tell if you’re just feeling down or if your down mood could be a sign of something more sinister:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide
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