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When You Feel Like Giving Up

There are many reasons why a person may begin feeling hopeless or that they’ve lost their passion for life. Often these feelings are the result of several factors together. 

However they develop, feelings of hopelessness do not have to be a permanent state. With the right support and information, you can work through periods of feeling like giving up. 

Whether mental health struggles, substance abuse, or a combination of these factors have led you to feel hopeless, helping yourself or a loved one starts with acknowledging that these thoughts are real. Then you can begin to understand what to expect when these feelings occur and develop a plan to overcome them. 

Mental Health

Several different psychological conditions can cause individuals to feel hopeless. While depression might be the most prominent, there are other conditions as well that might bring on a mental slump.

Depression usually manifests as a “steady” or on-going sense of hopelessness with very little fluctuation. Bipolar disorders on the other hand, cause a repeating cycle of mania and depression. 

Hopeless Feelings in Depression

Feeling hopeless is one of the distinguishing features of major depressive disorder and a hallmark condition for nearly all variants of depression

Among other symptoms, the empty feelings associated with depression can lead individuals to want to give up. 

The relationship between hopeless feelings and depression can seem like a “chicken-or-the-egg” dynamic. While many take for granted that depression causes hopelessness, there are theories that initial feelings of hopelessness can lead to depression. 

No matter how it may develop, depression can be extremely debilitating. Luckily, however, research has shown that there are effective options to help those who suffer from it. Therapy, prescription antidepressants, or a combination of the two often offer a viable solution for those who deal with depression. 

Therapy, prescription antidepressants, or a combination of the two offer a solution for those who deal with depression.

If you or a loved one are suffering from major depressive disorder, seeking support can be a life-saving step.

Bipolar Disorder Feelings of Hopelessness

Albeit less common than depression, bipolar disorder often involves intense periods of feeling hopeless, down, and ready to give up. 

Individuals who suffer from this disorder experience episodes of both mania and depression. As a result, they may feel exceptional for a week or longer, only to sink into a depressive state in a short amount of time.  

The complex nature of this disorder makes living with it incredibly difficult for both the sufferer and their loved ones. When you feel like giving up, it is crucial to seek or stay in a supportive environment while pursuing treatment options.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Prescriptions can be an incredible resource for individuals who are suffering from a debilitating mental disorder. Abuse of prescriptions (or any other drug), however, can turn into a substance use disorder (SUD), which may even lead to a person feeling that they are tired of life

How Addiction Leads to Feeling Hopeless

The presence of a SUD makes connection with the struggling person difficult–they may even seem unreachable. No matter the substance, addiction has the potential to bring about financial devastation, physical health risks, and the deterioration of interpersonal relationships. Any number of these circumstances can lead to feelings of hopelessness. 

It may seem impossible to overcome an addiction or help a loved one, but recovery centers exist for this very reason. However grim the reality seems, there’s no better time to reach for help than right now.

With a variety of recovery strategies and a safe space to live in during the process, recovery centers are excellent resources to turn a life around.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Helping a loved one deal with a substance use disorder or a mental health issue can be a difficult and long process. Unfortunately, these two types of disorders often go hand-in-hand.

Some addictions result in the development of a psychological disorder, while other disorders put individuals at increased risk of developing an addiction. 

An addiction can threaten financial devastation, physical health risks, and the deterioration of interpersonal relationships.

When a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder occur together, they are known as a co-occurring disorder. The compounded effects from these disorders might seem incurable, but a co-occurring disorder is certainly not a reason to give up on yourself or a loved one. 

While this obstacle may be the most trying one to overcome, “impossible” does not apply. Extensive research exploring treatment options for co-occurring disorders have provided recovery centers with valuable recovery and treatment methods. 

With support, resources, and a healthy dose of hope, co-occurring disorders become a challenging phase in life, but not a life-halting one.

Don’t Give Up–Get Help

Mental disorders can quickly become overwhelming, and may put the individual at greater risk of substance abuse. Addiction to a substance brings its own complications, which can lead a person to want to give up on trying to overcome it.

Whether psychological or substance abuse-related, a disorder of any kind can bring many negative feelings. When dealing with a disorder, giving up may seem like the most reasonable option. 

However, there is hope, and reaching out to loved ones and caring professionals can be the start to getting a sense of joy back. Whether you or someone you know is struggling, or know someone who needs a helping hand, don’t be afraid to contact us today. 

Chemical Dependency

Though a substance use disorder (SUD) might seem like an easily identifiable problem, they are often made up of multiple layers of pain and struggle.

An individual suffering from an addiction has developed either chemical dependency to a drug, a psychological dependence, or both. Treatment for either requires multiple steps, and can be complex, but there is hope.

Types of Dependence

A SUD usually leads to drug dependence–which often grows into addiction.

Though the one often informs or encourages the other, dependence upon a substance does not necessarily mean that an individual has an addiction. Drug dependence is one sign or step in the progression from sobriety to addiction.

Dependence can form in multiple ways. Though chemical dependency may involve the highest risk, psychological dependence can be habit-forming and debilitating as well.

Psychological dependence can be easily identified by constant thoughts about obtaining or using a drug. Rather than manifesting in physical reactions to the drug, a psychological dependence controls how an individual thinks–and sometimes speaks–about a substance.

Conversely, chemical dependence is evident when an individual has physical symptoms if they take less of the drug, or stop it altogether.

Tolerance or withdrawal are obvious signs that an individual has a chemical dependence to a drug. While they may not “feel” dependent upon it, increasing the amount taken or experiencing side-effects from missing doses indicates that the body/brain has formed a chemical dependency.

Psychological Dependence

Many assume that psychological dependence is (comparatively) less harmful than a chemical dependence. The truth is that this type of substance reliance can have far longer lasting effects on the person after the body has detoxed from chemical dependency.

It is incredibly rare for a person to develop psychological dependence without the presence of a chemical one. However, drugs like cannabis, LSD, and antidepressants are some of the most common substances for individuals to develop a stand-alone psychological dependence.

Constant thoughts about obtaining or using a drug are sign that an individual has a psychological dependence to a substance

Since these substances contain little to no chemically addictive substances, individuals who use them often develop a mental fixation with the drug, where they become dependent on the feelings it gives and use it as a coping mechanism. This is different than when the body and brain develop a chemical dependency at the molecular level.

The symptoms of withdrawal for psychological dependence often manifest as psychosis. Anxiety, agitation, or depression are among the most common symptoms for psychological dependence. Unfortunately, psychological dependence can encourage uncharacteristic behavior and even mental disorders.

Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependence can often be observed through physical effects. As a whole, this type of dependence is much better understood than psychological dependence.

While the brain is incredibly complex, the process associated with the development of chemical dependence remains roughly the same from patient to patient. Substances that cause chemical dependencies impact individuals very similarly, as opposed to the widely varied expressions of psychological dependencies.

Though better understood, chemical dependency to a drug is still incredibly difficult to overcome.

Chemical dependency develops when the brain becomes accustomed to functioning with a substance

Substances that cause chemical dependency often structurally alter the physical processes that occur in the brain. After enough time, the brain becomes accustomed to functioning with the substance. This is why a sudden deficiency of the drug in the body can cause withdrawal symptoms.

Substances like nicotine, alcohol, and even caffeine can cause chemical dependence.

Oftentimes, individuals who develop a dependence will also experience a buildup of tolerance for a substance. As tolerance increases, individuals need more and more of a substance to experience the same effects that, before, only a small dose produced.

The symptoms for chemical dependency vary significantly, but often include shakiness, tiredness, fast heartbeat, or sweating. Which specific symptoms of withdrawal a person experiences depends on the substance used, how much, and for how long.

Coinciding Dependency

Dependence does not necessarily mean addiction, but addictions often involve a combination of psychological and chemical depency

Though some substances do not form chemical dependency, and others do not cause psychological dependence, many substances are capable of causing both types of dependence.

Commonly abused illicit drugs, like heroin or methamphetamine, often result in both chemical and psychological dependence.

The presence of a dependence does not necessarily mean there is an addiction, but addictions often involve a combination of chemical and psychological dependence. As a debilitating disorder, an addiction can interfere with physical processes, as well as regular mental function.

Help for Psychological and Chemical Dependency

An individual experiencing a dependence upon a substance does not guarantee that they have a SUD, but it may be a warning sign for one.

Addictions often form from one or both types of dependence, so it is important for individuals who exhibit symptoms of both to examine whether they may be in danger of forming an addiction.

An individual who is suffering from an addiction may not even realize that they have a problem. If you think a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, or experiencing a chemical dependency to a substance, contact us. Reach out to see how we can help prevent the progression from dependence to addiction today.