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I know I am depressed, how do I go about getting anti-depressants? I've been dealing with depression for over a year now. And i quit drinking but i still am depressed.

I know I am depressed, how do I go about getting anti-depressants? I've been dealing with depression for over a year now. And i quit drinking but i still am depressed.

Go to PCP first.: Get screened by your primary care provider (pcp) first. That doctor can refer you on to a mental health provider or prescribe for you. You will want to get a full physical and lab work to make sure you don't have any physical causes that can contribute to depression. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, decrease fast food, no fructose corn syrup or sugar. ...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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Why do I get depressed the day after a night of drinking? Is this normal for everybody?

Why do I get depressed the day after a night of drinking? Is this normal for everybody?

Common: I'd call it common, not "normal". Intoxication is dehydrating, saps the body of energy, and is often associated with sleep deprivation. With excessive drinking, there can be a hangover, which is mild alcohol withdrawal. There could also be depression for psychological reasons: how you feel about your night of drinking, etc. Start with water, good nutrition, and moderation (or sobriety). ...Read more

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If I have anxiety and depression as a teenager, is it normal to begin drinking to make me feel better?

If I have anxiety and depression as a teenager, is it normal to begin drinking to make me feel better?

No: It is not uncommon to develop substance abuse issues as a maladaptive coping mechanism. These tendancies are not healthy and can be avoided by proper therapy early on. ...Read more

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If i go out drinking until 2-3am, sleep 8 hours or so, why am i so tired the next day and depressed? Is this normal?

If i go out drinking until 2-3am, sleep 8 hours or so, why am i so tired the next day and depressed? Is this normal?

Not surprising : If you've had a few drinks (ie more than 2/day for men) and are going to sleep hours later than you usually do (i hope you don't do this every night), you get the combined effects of the alcohol which is a central nervous system depressant, and altered sleep schedule throwing off your normal pattern. Also, your body is trying to recover from the toxic effects of the alcohol making you feel tired. ...Read more

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So tired of being in pain and wanting a normal life.I'm very depressed.I keep getting dehydrated despite drinking a lot of water. What can I do/take ?

So tired of being in pain and wanting a normal life.I'm very depressed.I keep getting dehydrated despite drinking a lot of water. What can I do/take ?

Pain options: Please continue or see your doctor. Please do what doc says but take a look at massage and perhaps a comp/alternative practitioner like a Chinese medicine doc or a natural doc. Also, self-hypnosis training from a clinical psychologist. There are natural anti-inflammatories that may help. Search John Sarno, MD, for a mind-body approach to pain. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having a seizure on wellbutrin (bupropion) while drinking? I've taken it b4, but i'm on a lot of meds for thyroid, bp, cholesterol , depression , mood & sleep. I'm on it to quit smoking.

What are the chances of having a seizure on wellbutrin (bupropion) while drinking? I've taken it b4, but i'm on a lot of meds for thyroid, bp, cholesterol , depression , mood & sleep. I'm on it to quit smoking.

How much alcohol: Alcohol withdrawal seizures do not happen in social drinkers. If you are drinking enough that you are worried about seizures, then you are drinking too much. Bupropion does lower seizure threshhold. In addition, alcohol worsens depression and raises blood pressure. Talk with your prescribing doctor(s) about it, and get help. Nicotine replacement might be better than wellbutrin (bupropion) for you. ...Read more

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I feel depressed when i drink coffee. Why could this be?

I feel depressed when i drink coffee. Why could this be?

Digesting coffee?: 80% of the immune system is in the gut. Poor digesting can cause increased inflamation which is related to mood and anxiety problems in some individuals. Coffee is hard on the GI tract of some individuals. See a functional medicine/integrative medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Can drinking champagne or wine help alleviate depression?

Can drinking champagne or wine help alleviate depression?

NOT : They will not improve your judgment though they may distract for a while. Overall this kind of self medication backfires. Having a depression is a pretty human response to things, and it's no shame to get some help working it out. Let your doctor decide if it's medical or psychological. ...Read more

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What to eat and drink to control my anxiety and depression?

What to eat and drink to control my anxiety and depression?

Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet with 4-5 servings per day of vegetable and fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats [omega 3's & monounsaturated fats like olive oil and avocados, etc], and complex carbohydrates. Eliminate processed foods as much as possible; they're linked with depression. Avoid alcohol & other drugs. Please see your doctor or a psychiatrist for a full evaluation of these issues. ...Read more

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If I drink alochol when I get depressed does that make me an alchoholic?

If I drink alochol when I get depressed does that make me an alchoholic?

Alcohol will add to: Depression, so it's not helpful. Find better ways to deal with your depression (exercise, social interaction, engrossing activities, having meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking). Using alcohol in ways that don't work, in amounts you can't control, or that cause other problems are warning signs of an alcohol problem. Don't get hung up on the term "alcoholic.". ...Read more

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I need a way out of just drinking... How do you deal with stress and depression?

Professional help: Is this a man? Men often drink alcohol to self-medicate anxiety and/ or depression. It can be hard to ask for professional help. Sometimes white knuckling and a few drinks seems like an easier way to handle pain - but they don't really work. Please get up the courage to see a behavioral health professional. Take care. ...Read more

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I need a way out of just drinking.. How else do you deal with stress and depression?

I need a way out of just drinking.. How else do you deal with stress and depression?

AA and Psychotherapy: Aa offer a very important role in coping with life without alcohol use. People gain tremendous help through the program and meetings. However there are many who benefit from alcoholics anonymous but have residual stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms. These people continue aa and then obtain psychotherapy for the treatment of the problems that led to their drinking. ...Read more

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What can be done to help my friend stop drinking and cutting and deal with depression?

What can be done to help my friend stop drinking and cutting and deal with depression?

Help friend.....: By urging your friend to get help. Your friend should start with a good assessment by a psychiatrist to help figure out what their underlying problems may be and to make a diagnosis. From there the dr may make some referrals and/ or prescribe some nedications. Help your friend follow through with whatever recommendations have been made. Good luck! ...Read more

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Help please. Could drinking a couple of beers a day hinder my recovery from depression?

Help please. Could drinking a couple of beers a day hinder my recovery from depression?

Yes it would: I agree with dr. Howell. One of the other problems with drinking when you have an affective disorder is that the individual may use the alcohol to self-medicate. It can really blur the situation. It is also funny how often my drinking patients tell me they just have a couple of beers per day but when i probe - it is usually at least a 6 pack. It is easy to slip into denial. ...Read more

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So fed up with anxiety I'm drinking myself into a depression just to cope. What help is there out there? Thanks.

So fed up with anxiety I'm drinking myself into a depression just to cope. What help is  there out there? Thanks.

Anxiety is treatable: There is help for those with even severe anxiety and depression-and it is much safer than alcohol!.Ask your Dr for recommendations and a referral to a professional counselor or therapist. Sometimes I will treat anxiety with a combination of anti-anxiety medication and counseling, and sometimes just counseling alone.Everyone is different, so not everyone has the same treatment plan. Call your Dr! ...Read more

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I used to have anxiety/depression but not anymore. However, I feel hung over when I wake up every morning without drinking. How do I treat this?

I used  to have anxiety/depression but not anymore. However, I feel hung over when I wake up every morning without drinking.  How do I treat this?

First, you need a : diagnosis. Tell the physician who is treating your arteritis with Prednisone about the recurrence of your anxiety & your non-restorative sleep. Perhaps you've had weight gain & and now have sleep apnea, or Prednisone is increasing anxiety & disrupting sleep. Behavioral symptoms, like medical symptoms, require evaluation for their cause(s) in order to determine appropriate treatment plans. ...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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Does drinking beer while on antidepressants cause a deeper depression?

Yes!: Alcohol is a depressant on the nervous system, and the more heavily you drink the greater the risk of deepening the depression. Medication can both interact in dangerous ways with alcohol and alter the "high" you get from drinking, which can encourage greater consumption. . . Which, of course, can increase the risk of deeper depression. Not a good idea! ...Read more

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more