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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Causing Depression Or Vice Versa

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Can alcohol cause long term depression?

Can alcohol cause long term depression?

If used long term: Mood changes (depression) due to alcohol usually clear up once drinking stops. Of course, if drinking doesn't stop, the depression can be ongoing. Severe chronic alcoholism can cause permanent brain damage, which may include depression as a symptom even after drinking stops. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How does alcohol physiologically causes depression?

How does alcohol physiologically causes depression?

Brain changes: Alcohol affects your brain chemistry by altering levels of neurotransmitters, in particular glutamate, gaba, and serotonin. Alcohol suppresses glutamate which slows down your brain. It causes more gaba to be produced, which creates a depressing effect (like taking xanax). Alcohol can also inhibit serotonin which is one of the main chemicals linked to depression. ...Read more

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Can you guys tell me how alcohol physiologically causes depression?

Can you guys tell me how alcohol physiologically causes depression?

Multiple causes: Alcohol has been found to lower serotonin and norepinephrine level which causes depression. It also affects two other neurotransmitters, gaba and acetylcholine, causing the entire brain to depress neuron activation. See the added image which reflects the depressed brain activity. ...Read more

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Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Yes!: Research have shown that acute alcohol intoxication results in diminished cognitive and psychomotor abilities. More importantly, this results in an increased number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths due to impaired performance of motor tasks such as tracking, and reaction time. Additionally, alcohol use tends to inhibit responses in go/no-go tasks, thereby complicating easier tasks. ...Read more

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How to deal with depression and alcohol?

How to deal with depression and alcohol?

Dep. tx: Schedule appointment with mental health counselor for assessment and possible referral for medications if needed. ...Read more

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How to deal with depression after alcohol relapse?

Do you have both: Depression and alcohol dependence? Are you working a 12 step program? Do you have a sponsor? If yes, are you in touch w your sponsor daily? Don't know when your relapse was? If recent - have you considered 90/90 (90 meetings in 90 days)? Have you considered working w a therapist to deal w depression? When you fall flat on your face - the best thing to do is get up ; take care of basics. ...Read more

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Is alcohol ever a good method for helping deal with depression?

Is alcohol ever a good method for helping deal with depression?

No.: Alcohol is itself considered to be a depressant due to its effects on the brain. It is never considered a good treatment for depression. Anyone who feels depressed should be evaluated by their primary care physician or psychiatrist to be diagnosed and treated properly. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol lead to depression?

Can drinking too much alcohol lead to depression?

Works both ways: Drinking can lead to depressive symptoms depressive symptoms can lead to drinking. In either case help is available and people with depression and/or drinking problems should get help. ...Read more

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Does alcohol exacerbate depression and anxiety?

Does alcohol exacerbate depression and anxiety?

Yes: Alcohol is a unique drug. It offers short term anxiety relief followed by depressed mood and often rebound anxiety. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and ADD for years now. I always seem to find a crutch..drugs, men, sex, alcohol ..I want to stop, help?

I've been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and ADD for years now. I always seem to find a crutch..drugs, men, sex, alcohol ..I want to stop, help?

12 Step program: Please continue to see your doctors for your anxiety, depression and ADD. Beyond that, consider getting into a 12 step program which can help you avoid the unhelpful move toward drugs, men, sex, alcohol, etc. Some groups are called AA, some NA, but they all work on the same model. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Possibly: Many people self medicate in a variety of ways. Over drinking and alcoholism is one of the ways. Please remember this is only one possible scenario. To get a definitive diagnosis go to a therapist trained in treating alcoholism. ...Read more

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How come everytime I drink alcohol I get a wierd wave of depression?

How come everytime I drink alcohol I get a wierd wave of depression?

It is a depressant.: Not everyone will get waves of depression, at least initially. Alcohol universally is seen as a depressant. The degree to which it is depressing varies but the fact that it is a depressant is clear. You may be at greater risk for serious depression that is clinical and could need intervention if you continue to drink alcohol in any form. ...Read more

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Taking ciprager for post natal depression. Can you drink alcohol with this?

Taking ciprager for post natal depression. Can you drink alcohol with this?

Bad idea: There's a reason antidepressant meds (adms) have a warning label stating "do not use alcohol w this med." first, drinking w it amounts to mixing a depressant with an adm. 2nd, the med needs to reach & maintain a steady blood level, & alcohol, a good solvent for many things, knocks the med's blood level down. Not sure about this one but many adms r processed thru the liver. Please don't drink w it. ...Read more

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Can someone have respiratory depression after drinking alcohol?

Can someone have respiratory depression after drinking alcohol?

Yes, they can: Yes, if they drink enough, respiration can be depressed. With high enough alcohol level, the person can become comatose and die. ...Read more

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I have struggled with depression for the last 15 years. I have also developed a dependency on drugs /alcohol. What pills help compulsive disorders?

I have struggled with depression for the last 15 years. I have also developed a dependency on drugs /alcohol. What pills help compulsive disorders?

SSRI Antidepressants: Ssri & snri antidepressants can help with compulsive anxiety. But stopping alcohol or drugs is deeper than taking a pill. You will need a specific recovery program such as aa and/or na, as well as help from an addiction medicine doctor (some are psychiatrists). Also, a well put-together inpatient rehab program can give you a running start; a dual diagnosis one treats your depression as well. ...Read more

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How can drugs and alcohol play a role in teen depression?

Both Ways: It can go both ways, sometimes depression leads to drug and alcohol use. Other times the drug use is recreational or related to peer pressure and then that can lead to depression. ...Read more