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Depression After Quitting Alcohol
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
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...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
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
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 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
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