Recent studies have shown that members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to suffer from substance abuse disorders than people outside the community. Although several factors may account for this discrepancy, it is believed to largely be the result of the pressures that come from widespread discrimination, including harassment, bullying, or unequal access to the workplace, housing, or healthcare. The tendency toward substance abuse is often associated with the prevalence of psychiatric disorders, which is why it is so important to pay attention to any signs of depression in order to identify any potential issues before they get out of control.
Paying Attention to the Signs of Depression
Because drug services and treatment are not designed to meet the specific needs of LGBTQ+ people, it can be difficult for people in the community to get the help they need. Increased education about the causes of depression and its consequences are an essential first step to combating the negative results of these inequalities. Paying attention to signs of depression such as mood changes and excessive guilt, understanding the causes of depression, and finding healthy treatment options are extremely important. In addition to being aware of the negative consequences of other forms of substance use, it is important to understand antidepressants’ side effects, as some forms of treatment may end up making you feel worse.
Rather than self-medicate with illegal drugs, it is important to speak with a professional to get on a healthy regimen of treatment. A therapist may recommend talk therapy to treat the causes of depression or recommend a psychiatrist that can help start you on a course of antidepressants. Another option may be ketamine infusions, a highly effective treatment for depression that has been shown to provide relief for people who have found other treatments ineffective, and which can help you avoid antidepressants’ side effects.
If you’ve noticed the signs of depression or are worried about the damaging effects of possible substance abuse, ketamine could be a safe and effective option. Contact us today at VIP Ketamine to schedule an appointment or to learn more.
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