What is Dysphoria?

Dysphoria is a state of unease or dissatisfaction, typically characterized by restlessness, irritability, anxiety, or depression. In addiction, dysphoria is often experienced as a symptom of withdrawal, which occurs when an individual who has developed a dependence on a substance abruptly stops using that substance. Substance-induced dysphoria can also occur during substance use, especially if the individual cannot obtain or use the substance. This type of dysphoria can be a significant factor in the development and maintenance of addiction and can make it difficult for individuals to stop using drugs. Treating the underlying addiction and addressing any co-occurring dysphoria conditions, such as anxiety or depression, can help alleviate the symptoms of dysphoria.

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