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Can you get depressed from alcohol withdrawal?
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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Danger: not too fast
Abrupt withdrawal from alcohol can be not only anxiety-provoking but dangerous.
Some will experience dt's (seriously altered thinking and possibly hallucinations) and others seizures. The depression could herald one of these. Detoxification with benzodiazipenes either in an outpatient - but better in an inpatient setting would be safer. It would also allow coordination of formal counseling/rehab.

In brief: Danger: not too fast
Abrupt withdrawal from alcohol can be not only anxiety-provoking but dangerous.
Some will experience dt's (seriously altered thinking and possibly hallucinations) and others seizures. The depression could herald one of these. Detoxification with benzodiazipenes either in an outpatient - but better in an inpatient setting would be safer. It would also allow coordination of formal counseling/rehab.
Dr. K. Olson
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2 comments
Dr. Kevin Passer
Alcohol abuse can cause depression. When one is "drying out," feeling depressed and hopeless may be common and can take several weeks to resolve, especially with heavy drinking. Each day gets better.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Depression and anxiety are very common in withdrawal and can last for weeks, being a risk for relapse. Anyone who drinks daily over 6 drinks per day or has am shakes should be monitored for withdrawal. Also, please take thiamine B1 100mg to prevent any irreversible dementia, right now!
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes?
Not an easy answer, many people drink to feel better however it will usually only make these feeling worse, at best it numbs the feeling such as depression but really only makes it worse.
Granted you may feel more depressed when you stop, but really you are not numb anymore and just feeling, your need to talk to someone like a doctor or counselor to help figure out your next step without alcohol.

In brief: Yes?
Not an easy answer, many people drink to feel better however it will usually only make these feeling worse, at best it numbs the feeling such as depression but really only makes it worse.
Granted you may feel more depressed when you stop, but really you are not numb anymore and just feeling, your need to talk to someone like a doctor or counselor to help figure out your next step without alcohol.
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