The Effect of Treating Major Depressive Disorder On Alcohol Dependency Disorder

Alcohol dependency and depression are very common disorders currently confronting our healthcare system. They tend to co-occur, which can lead to increasingly severe and problematic healthcare outcomes. One of the major controversies is how and when to treat people when Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Alcoholic Dependency Disorder (ADD) are present. There is some disagreement about treating depression while substance abuse is ongoing. This literature review examined 16 empirical articles regarding the prevalence of depression and alcohol dependence in a variety of populations and age groups. Factors impacting relapse were also researched. Sex and age differences in response to treatment were also investigated. The implications found in this literature review were significant. It was found that the need for rigorous screening and treating ofMDD in the alcoholic population is critical. Untreated MDD can lead to early relapse and self-medication. The need for early detection and prevention of symptoms and behaviors that precede MDD and ADD is discussed. Supporting individuals with this dual-diagnosis was seen as critical

Shelley Mydra
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