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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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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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Depression/anxiety after drinking alcohol. Why do I only get like this with alcohol?

Depression/anxiety after drinking alcohol. Why do I only get like this with alcohol?

Choices: I am not sure. Perhaps if you hold in feelings, the alcohol disinhibits you enough to feel them. Alcohol tends to be a depressant over time. Regardless of the reason -clearly alcohol is impacting you negatively. Why continue to drink it you have a bad outcome? ...Read more

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Any suggestions for giving up drinking alcohol for a young woman prone to anxiety/depression?

Yes: Some form of relapse prevention if depression or anxiety worsened after sobriety (to avoid triggering a relapse), like aa meetings, psychotherapy and /or medication is highly recommended. On the other hand, treatment of depression while working on the sobriety might boost motivation and hope to accomplish the desired sobriety. ...Read more

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Just been put on fluoxetine for depression and anxiety and looking to have a drink of alcohol, is this safe?

Just been put on fluoxetine for depression and anxiety and looking to have a drink of alcohol, is this safe?

Not recommended: Best not to consume alcohol with your antidepressant medication, although an occasional drink probably won't hurt unless you're prone to excessive drinking. ...Read more

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Does a person that is sensitive to allergy of certain foods alcohol pollens have a high level of histomine and is anxiety and depression associated ?

Does a person that is sensitive to allergy of certain foods alcohol pollens have a high level of histomine and is anxiety and depression associated ?

High Histamine: Can make one feel flushed, hyper, produce GI symptoms. If you have had you histamine level check by your doc he/she can help you lower it. A nutritionist or natural doc would be a good choice also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Im taking Prozac (fluoxetine) (the generic form) for anxiety and depression. Is it ok to drink alcohol when im taking this?

Im taking Prozac (fluoxetine) (the generic form) for anxiety and depression. Is it ok to drink alcohol when im taking this?

Be careful: I'd limit self to no more than one drink until i know how it would affect you. Also, side alcohol is a depressant, it can counter the affect of the prozac (fluoxetine). Be judicious. ...Read more

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When taking Zoloft (sertraline) & klonopin for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, I know you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate. What about cigarettes& sugar?

When taking Zoloft (sertraline) & klonopin for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, I know  you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate. What about cigarettes& sugar?

No good!: The tar in cigarettes can induce a liver enzyme 1a2, this should not affect the blood levels of zoloft (sertraline) or klonopin. However nicotine is a stimulant, and stimulants are not helpful for individuals with panic. Also emphysema, secondary to cigarettes is particularly unpleasant when you have panic. Refined sugar can lead to fluctuations in glucose exacerbating panic. Talk to dr. About quitting. ...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 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

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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