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Alcohol Causing Depression Or Vice Versa
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
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
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
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
I am not able to: Track the meaning of your question. Please clarify and re-ask. Take care. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcoholism: Refer to the diagram!Get a more detailed answer ›
Alcohol is a: Depressant so it may worsen your symptoms. ...Read more
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