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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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I become quiet and depressed when I drink. How can I stop this and enjoy myself more when I drink?

I become quiet and depressed when I drink. How can I stop this and enjoy myself more when I drink?

Forgo alcohol: Pay attention to your body. If you are getting withdrawn and depressed with alcohol, there is no reason to continue to drink it. When you are with friends who are drinking, have a soft drink instead, and enjoy yourself! ...Read more

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I'm 19 near to 20 , i drink alot like every 3 or 4 days , what should i do , going days free only last for 1 week ? i'm depressed too?

I'm 19 near to 20 , i drink alot like every 3 or 4 days , what should i do , going days free only last for 1 week ? i'm depressed too?

See your doctor : You need to be evaluated for a possible drinking problem and possibly depression. See your doctor for an assessment. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and can make you feel depressed. You need to stop drinking in order to get rid of the depression. ...Read more

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I have had depression for years and I have been drinking heavily for almost the same. I need to stop now and i really want help.I don't have insurance?

I have had depression for years and I have been drinking heavily for almost the same. I need to stop  now and i really want help.I don't have insurance?

AA, CMHC: Get checked physically by a family doctor, and ask for an outpatient alcohol program, and help with withdrawal, which needs to be managed medically. Also, go to a local alcoholics anonymous meeting , they have the best track record with maintaining sobriety. Alcohol at the least makes depression worse, once you are off it, go to local community mental health center to treat depression. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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