What is a Substance Use Disorder?
Alcohol Use Disorder
What is an Addictive Substance?
What to expect?
Alcohol withdrawal can be a frightening experience, especially if untreated. As a person with alcohol withdrawal gets older, the risk of having significant withdrawal symptoms increases. It is unusual for a person to have medically significant withdrawal symptoms if they are in their teens or early 20's, irrespective of the amounts used. However, as a person ages, alcohol withdrawal becomes more likely with approximately 50% of people developing withdrawal symptoms with cessation of use. Twenty percent of people, without medication-assisted treatment, will develop severe withdrawal including hallucinations, seizures, and delirium tremens.
As outlined in the graph below, alcohol withdrawal often follows a “typical” course from mild symptoms to more severe symptoms. Without treatment, withdrawal symptoms usually begin within 6 to 24 hours after cessation of alcohol or after an abrupt decline in amounts consumed. Timely and appropriate treatment with the correct medications can minimize and prevent nearly all of these symptoms.
Appropriate medical treatment with close monitoringcan significantly decrease the likelihood of having remarkable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Call us today for a consultation regarding our treatment plans and how we can help you have an uneventful detoxification with appropriate medical over-sight.
Below is a graph that depicts the typical sequence of alcohol withdrawal symptoms that occur over time without treatment.
What is a Mood Disorder? Mood Disorders include those disorders where the predominant symptom manifestation involves extreme mood states that interfere with a person's social and/or occupational functioning.
Major Depressive Disorder.One common mood disorder is major depressive disorder. Individuals with major depression experience:
Bipolar Disorder.Bipolar disorder may also include episodes of major depression, but the disorder is defined by periods of mania or hypomania. Manic episodes commonly include:
These symptoms generally persist everyday and are often followed by episodes of depression or euthymia before another episode occurs. Mood disorders can now be well controlled and resolved with medications and psychotherapy, often allowing people to resume their prior level of functioning at home, school, and work. If you struggle with a mood disorder, contact us to help you through this difficult time.
What is an Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is defined as the emotional and physiological response to a real or imagined imminent threat. Though the experience of anxiety is normal, and even useful, anxiety for many people is maladaptive and can take on a wide array of presentations from simple phobias to panic disorder to selective mutism. They all share, to varying degrees, symptoms of:
The providers of TelePsychiatry Associates utilize the most advanced techniques and medications delivered remotely to a location of your choice for maximum convenience and privacy. If you or a loved one suffers from an anxiety disorder, register today so we can help you take back control.