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Does Alcohol Make You Feel More Depressed The Next Day After Drinking
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
I have been taking St. John's Wort 250mg tablets once a day for 6 weeks to lift my mood, not for depression. Can I drink alcohol while on them?
I wouldn't recommend: it. Firstly, there is only a little evidence that ANY medication actually improved mild depression (or dysthymia, the medical term), and you are better off with psychotherapy, meditation and (esp!) EXERCISE. Secondly, alcohol itself is a depressant, and may be contributing to your poor mood. I would strongly consider how much alcohol may be part of the problem before you consider continuing use ...Read more
Alcohol: Actually alcohol is a depressant. When people start to drink they may get loud and more active, but that is because the alchol is depressing there part of the brain that keeps them under control. As people continue to drink they usually become less active and ultimately pass out. Depression for a few days may mean you are allergic to alcohol which about 10 to 15 % of people are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't know: It's clinical lore that alcohol causes depressive disorders. There is no evidence in the literature to support this. Alcohol is a CNS depressant, which is entirely different than saying a substance causes depressed mood. There are substances that have potential to cause depression (interferon), but alcohol isn't one of them. However, alcohol *intoxication* can cause mood lability (incl depression). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got depressed and drank and got drunk 2 days a week for a year alcohol. Im 24. If I sop for 6 months then only drink on special occasions be heal?
Alcohol Dependence: Let the wise man within you guide you to ask: What stresses caused Depression? How did you think, feel and act when you were drunk? How did alcohol affect your relationships, work and finances? Provide this information to Psychiatrist, get Treatment for Depression; understand your judgement about use of Alcohol and continuing it, improve your life now, and not think after 6 months; AA meetings ...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
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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