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Generally, are alcoholics as a group, more likely depressed people than the general population?

Generally, are alcoholics as a group, more likely depressed people than the general population?

Yes: The incidence of depression in the general population is somewhere between 5-15%, depending on which study and what definition of depression. Several studies show that the incidence of depression in alcoholics is 15-25%, and the incidence of bipolar depression may be as high as 15% (about 2% in the general population.) A lot of the depression in alcoholics goes down with long-term sobriety. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more


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What happens if am an alcoholic and depressed, can I take my depression meds?

What happens if am an alcoholic and depressed, can I take my depression meds?

Need to work on both: I agree with my colleague that you need to work on both your alcoholism and depression. The 2 are frequently related, and they mutually intensify and complicate each other. You may need an inpatient program where both problems can be addressed: it's called "dual diagnosis." please speak with your prescribing physician about this. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is a depressed alcoholic how can I help her?

What can I do if my mom is a depressed alcoholic how can I help her?

12 Step Meetings.: The first thing you can to do to help her is to take care of yourself. Encourage you to attend alanon meetings (or alateen depending on age). It will teach you about tough love and coping, when you love someone who is alcoholic. Encourage your mother to attend alcoholics anonymous. You could even go to an open meeting with her. But don't be surprised if she declines. Sometimes we just plant seeds. ...Read more

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My mom is an extremely depressed alcoholic. How can I get her to get help?

My mom is an extremely depressed alcoholic. How can I get her to get help?

Consider encouraging: Her to seek evaluation by an addiction medicine specialist or an addiction psychiatrist. She may need dual treatment for her alcoholism and for her depression. Attending alcoholics anonymous would provider her support and the benefits that come with a 12 step group. ...Read more

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Does a alcoholic of 4 yrs and in a severe depression for all that while ending up in rehab, now still is depressed and still drinking need medication?

Does a alcoholic of 4 yrs and in a severe depression for all that while ending up in rehab, now still is depressed and still drinking need medication?

Dual Diagnosis: It sounds like you need to be treated by a psychiatrist and/or program comfortable with handling people with dual diagnoses: alcoholism and mood/personality disorder. From your list of medicines and conditions, you have a complicated mood and/or personality problem which drinking alcohol will destabilize further. Medications may be helpful and even life-saving for some of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How much niacin and how often should I give to my mother who is a depressed alcoholic?

Depends: Consider checking for mthfr mutation. Also consider reading nutrient power. Flushing Niacin in a low dose of 50 to 100 mg should be safe. But she may need other things. ...Read more

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Have chronic lymphedema on penis 1 year after circumcision, this made me become alcoholic and depressed. Is there really no treatment for lymphedema?

Have chronic lymphedema on penis 1 year after circumcision, this made me become alcoholic and depressed. Is there really no treatment for lymphedema?

Alcoholism?: Your history says that you do not drink alcohol. In any case, penises are in all shapes and sizes. Continue to see your doc and consider getting a second opinion. A mental health professional can help you w/depression and keeping perspective. AA if you have an alcohol issue. Slow and steady progress. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does a alcoholic suffering from depression and an alcoholic was in rehab later in life(40's) have a chemical imbalance and need meds?

Does a alcoholic suffering from depression and an alcoholic was in rehab later in life(40's) have a chemical imbalance and need meds?

Dual diagnosis: It sounds like you need to be treated by a psychiatrist and/or program comfortable with handling people with dual diagnoses: alcoholism and mood/personality disorder. From your list of medicines and conditions, you have a complicated mood and/or personality problem which drinking alcohol will destabilize further. Medications may be helpful and even life-saving for some of your symptoms, . ...Read more

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42yo female. Alcoholic, hi blood pressure , major depression. Palpitations. Anxiety(no past history)? Something else?Worry?

42yo female. Alcoholic, hi blood pressure , major depression. Palpitations. Anxiety(no past history)? Something else?Worry?

Alcoholism: Alcoholism is a disease that can damage multiple organs and body functions including the heart, brain, gastrointestinal system. Please seek help from your doctor and an addiction counselor. ...Read more

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I've been sick all day. I have had diarrhea and stomach pain. Is it because I drank 2 alcoholic drinks last night on my anxiety and depression meds?

I've been sick all day. I have had diarrhea and stomach pain. Is it because I drank 2 alcoholic drinks last night on my anxiety and depression meds?

Gastroenteritis: There is no way in which this can be diagnosed over the internet, but most cases are due to a virus and should clear spontaneously in several days. Without knowing what medications you are taking do not know which may interact with alcohol but this does not sound as if what has happened. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

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