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Does Alcohol Cause Paranoia
Yes: A hallucination is an experience in which a person sees (or hears, feels, or tastes) something that seems real, but is not really there. The person is awake during the hallucination. Causes include drug abuse or withdrawal, chemical imbalances (liver or kidney failure), medicine effects, psychiatric illnesses (schizophrenia, ptsd), brain tumors, delirium, dementia, sleep disorders, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Possibly.: In patients with depression and psychosis, serotonergic-noradrenergic meds like venlafaxine could cause irritability, agitation, and possibly paranoia. These patients should be treated with antipsychotics/mood stabillizers first before being prescribed anti-depressants like venlafaxine. ...Read more
Gaba and glutamate: Sleep is affected by dysregulation of gaba and glutamate receptors, in a person who is withdrawing glutamate is reactivated. Glutamate is excitatory which yields to hallucinations etc thru not only glutamate but other receptors as well . Downregluation of gaba also affects the sleep cycle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more
Yes it can: Drinking alcohol affects all the cells of your body, including the ones in your brain. Especially after a time of "binge" drinking, they withdraw from the alcohol and respond with symptoms like anxiety. Mood changes like depression can happen too. Overall, it's very destabilizing for your entire system. ...Read more
Rubbing alcohol?: I'm not sure whether you mean an accidental sniff while using this rubbing alcohol, or purposefully breathing it in? If it's the latter, please stop now and get help! you're risking your respiratory system, your brain, your liver, and your life. Inhaled alcohol gets into your bloodstream and is delivered through your placenta. Yes, this could harm your baby including fetal alcohol syndrome. ...Read more
Depends: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Depression is a profound, even physical reaction to loneliness, loss, or hopelessness that blocks motivation to seek fulfillment or even survival. Pessimism is a thought process, an intellectual choice of how to look at the world and predict our fate. You can have one without the other. Mood and thought can affect each other but are not the same thing. ...Read more
Dr. F. makes a good: point. People whose ADHD was not treated before puberty have 2x the risk of substance abuse & alcoholism as those who were treated or have no ADHD. Genetic, biological & environmental factors contribute to the complex neurobehavioral profile of kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders which includes a subset of ADHD that can be difficult to treat with medications, especially in the young. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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