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If I am going through a depression, am I more likely to develop an addiction?

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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The probably with substance abuse during depression is that you can start to treat your symptoms with alcohol or other drugs.
They do not really treat your depression, just distract you from the symptoms. If you are depressed it is best to speak to a physician or mental health provider instead of trying to treat yourself with alcohol or drugs.

In brief: Depends

The probably with substance abuse during depression is that you can start to treat your symptoms with alcohol or other drugs.
They do not really treat your depression, just distract you from the symptoms. If you are depressed it is best to speak to a physician or mental health provider instead of trying to treat yourself with alcohol or drugs.
Mike Moore
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Without help, maybe.

Depression can, untreated, lead to all kinds of destructive behavior including abuse of drugs or alcohol.
Depression clouds judgement, blunts at times moral and ethical standards and may cause life style decisions to be made out of a cloud of hopeless an helpless feelings. Decisions made during an untreated depression cause havoc in ones life including choices leading to addiction.

In brief: Without help, maybe.

Depression can, untreated, lead to all kinds of destructive behavior including abuse of drugs or alcohol.
Depression clouds judgement, blunts at times moral and ethical standards and may cause life style decisions to be made out of a cloud of hopeless an helpless feelings. Decisions made during an untreated depression cause havoc in ones life including choices leading to addiction.
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