Are You Putting Off Recovery? You Might Be Depressed

Nobody has to go to treatment. Most everybody who is being prompted to do so by their own intuition or the urging of others, probably should. There are dozens of legitimate reasons why people can’t go to treatment including life responsibilities which cannot be turned over to anyone else under certain circumstances. Additionally, there are dozens of illegitimate reasons people put off going to treatment, none of which are realistic enough to be arguable. If nothing else, this excuse making behavior is a form of procrastination.

Art of Procrastination

Some regard procrastination as an art form. Others see it to be the bane of their existence when it comes to being creative, excelling in productivity, or just being able to get anything done. Various scientific and psychologic studies into procrastination have revealed that the often assumed laziness factor for not getting things done has little to do with procrastination. Commonly, procrastination is a symptom of a mental health disorder. For example, people who are living with attention deficit disorder or attention hyperactivity disorder are known to procrastinate because concentrating on a task is hard. Those with anxiety procrastinate what they fear will make them anxious. People trying to manage borderline personality disorder procrastinate what they believe will validate their deeply seeded insecurities and feelings of worthlessness. Procrastination is also a sign of depression.


Depression can feel like a dead weight. Symptoms from lethargy and exhaustion to hopelessness and feeling numb do not equate to a chipper or enthusiastic mood. Studies have revealed that there is a high correlation of depression and procrastination in people who feel unable to self-regulate. An overwhelming portion of people living with depression live without a formal diagnosis or any kind of treatment. Their likelihood of struggling with procrastination, even when it comes to a life saving choice like going to treatment, is higher. Depression is one of the most commonly co-occurring mental health disorders with substance use disorders like drug addiction and alcoholism.

If you or a loved one are putting off seeking help for a life threatening addiction, make now the time. LEAD Recovery Center is here to help you make the best decision of your life and choose the right treatment program so you can live a healthy and balanced life again. For more information call us today at (800) 380-0012.