The diagnosis and care of mood disorders are known in the recovery community as dual diagnosis. As such, mood disorder care and addiction treatment are available through the Sober Solutions of Norwalk clinic. Robert Sterling is a board-certified addiction medicine specialist who serves the Norwalk, Connecticut community including Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, and Greenwich.
What Is a Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis is the presence of addiction and a mental illness. For example, someone who is addicted to opiates and who also suffers from anxiety is considered to have a dual diagnosis. Sometimes the dual diagnosis is known or is present before addiction occurs. In other cases, the mental illness emerges after someone begins using drugs or alcohol. We often hear the term, "self-medicating," which is about someone who uses drugs or alcohol to help them cope with their mental health issue rather than going to see a doctor or taking medication for their mental health.
What Kind of Mood Disorders Does Robert Sterling Treat?
There are many mood disorders that Robert Sterling treats. Those include anxiety, depression, manic depression, bipolar disorder, and sometimes more than one. Patients may show signs and symptoms of anxiety and also have depression. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is another common mental health issue that pairs up with addiction. The takeaway here is that addiction and mental health issues are common together. What is important is that you realize there is help for both. You can work on recovery while you learn tools that help you manage your mental health issues. In many cases, medication is available, such as drugs that treat bipolar disorder.
What Is the Treatment for Mood Disorders?
For most people treatment is a combination of counseling and medication. That is not to say that every patient we treat for mood disorders requires medication. What is important to understand about the treatment of mood disorders is that every case is unique. Sure, there are similarities, but the underlying issues are often different. Tools that you learn in counseling that works for you may not work as well for someone with the same diagnosis. So while the diagnosis is the same, treatment is often different.