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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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