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What Types of Substances Cause Anxiety?

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Addiction can have devastating consequences on someone’s life and mental health. Lisa Perna is a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in addiction recovery medicine at Revival Recovery Center. Lisa and her team serve patients near Brighton, West Bloomfield, Ann Arbor, and surrounding communities to curb substance use and addiction, and optimize mental and physical wellness. 

What are the signs and symptoms of addiction? 

Addiction to substances such as alcohol, pain killers, and stimulant drugs can cause a wide array of emotional and mental changes in a person that disrupt daily behavior and relationships. Examples of signs and symptoms of addiction include:   

  •  Irritability   
  •  Frequent mood changes   
  •  Apathy   
  •  Aggression   
  •  Anxiety   
  •  Manic episodes   
  •  Depression  

Signs and symptoms of addiction vary by person depending on the type of substance being misused, their mental and physical health history, and their reaction to the substance (or multiple substances). 

What are substance-induced mood disorders? 

Substance-induced mood disorders refer to the psychological effects a person experiences from misusing drugs or alcohol. These psychological effects can range from neurosis, such as anxiety, to full-on psychosis. Prescription medication, stimulants, alcohol, and opioids are a few substances among a broad range of drugs that can cause depression, anxiety, mania, and paranoia. Signs and symptoms of substance-induced mood disorders can occur anytime during the use period: active use, intoxication, and withdrawal. 

What are the most common types of mood and anxiety disorders? 

Along with substance-induced mood disorders, there are several other mood disorders, including:   

  •  Severe or major depression   
  •  Bipolar disorder   
  •  Dysthymia or mild depression   
  •  Mood disorders linked to other medical or mental health issues  

Anxiety disorders include:   

  •  Social anxiety disorder   
  •  Generalized anxiety disorder   
  •  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)   
  •  Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)   
  •  Panic disorder  

Mood and anxiety disorder can be brought on by many causes and aggravated by persistent drug and alcohol use. At Revival Recovery Center, Lisa can help her patients find a balance to optimize their mental health and alleviate their addictions. 

What is drug-induced insomnia? 

Misuse of alcohol or drugs can cause significant sleep disturbances, including insomnia. Individuals struggle greatly with getting high-quality sleep at night and may sleep throughout the day. Lack of sleep can quickly deteriorate mental, physical, and emotional health. 

Why do individuals with mood and anxiety disorders use addictive substances? 

In some cases, individuals may be already battling mood or anxiety disorders in the absence of drug or alcohol use. Unhealthy methods to cope with their symptoms include turning to excessive use of drugs or alcohol, which leads to increased mental health issues. This starts an awful cycle of coping, causing mood or anxiety problems. 

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder? 

Symptoms of anxiety display differently from person to person. Common signs include constant worry or fear that causes significant disruption to daily life and during activities that were once enjoyable or tasks that are necessary. Anxiety can also include irritability, agitation, trouble with sleeping, inattention or lack of focus, and fatigue. 

What type of substances causes anxiety? 

There are multiple substances that can cause symptoms of anxiety, depending on the usage and the chemical components. Individuals need to be cautious when using prescription medications that can alter mental health and consult with doctors when adverse mental or emotional signs present themselves. 

What treatments are available for treating substance-induced mood and anxiety disorders? 

At Revival Recovery Center, Lisa helps her patients near Ypsilanti, Howell, Hartland, and South Lyon curb addiction and adopt healthy lifestyles to cope with their challenges. Her approach involves dual-diagnosis treatment.  Techniques include screenings, detoxifications, tobacco cessation, managing withdrawal symptoms, spiritual guidance, pain management techniques, and medication-assisted treatment. 

Learn more about treating substance-induced mood disorders 

If you or someone you love is dealing with the debilitating effects of addiction and mental illness, contact our team at Revival Recovery Center in Brighton, MI and schedule an appointment with Lisa Perna today. Lisa will provide you with a treatment path to curb your addiction and start a healthy lifestyle to optimize your mental health.

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