Alcohol and Depression 2019-03-20T15:58:56+00:00

Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol and Depression

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Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol is a common drink all over the world. Most people indulge in it regularly without any problem, but some develop a dependency that could be with them for the rest of their lives. Alcohol has been linked to depression.

While drinking in itself is okay, it becomes a problem when one starts drinking regularly and as a result, is constantly craving alcohol. The person may continue drinking even when it adversely affects their lives. This leads to showing signs of dependency and the inability to stop voluntarily. Combining alcohol and depression together can be a very dangerous road.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mental condition that leaves one feeling sad, hopeless, and at times, suicidal. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that mental illness had an economic impact of over $300 billion in 2002 through treatment and the overall costs associated with suicide. Depression affects most aspects of a person’s life including their productivity at work, relationships with others, and their overall psyche to live. This naturally results in lower incomes due to absenteeism – thanks to slumped energy levels – poor relationship with others, and in severe cases, suicide.

Depression is really not as uncommon as most may think. It especially manifests in one’s late teens and early to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to succumb to this condition – actually estimated that at least 1/3 of the female population will experience depression at some point in their lives.  While the causes are not very well known, genetics is known to be a major determinant. Personality is a factor too where those with low self-esteem are likely to be depressed at some point.

Types of Depression

There are several types of depression that you should be aware of. They include the following:

  • Major Depressive Disorder is one of the disorders where a person experiences severe episodes of depression. They will slump into a funk and be unable to perform the most basic functions. While some people will only suffer one episode, others will have to deal with several slumps for life.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder is where one suffers a prolonged depressive state that could last for as long as two years. Others could stay in this state for life.
  • In Psychotic Depression, suffers experience bouts of psychosis during which their minds become delusional. They could also experience hallucinations.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder does not last too long, as the name suggests. Symptoms start to appear late into fall and as winter starts. This type is triggered by the decreasing amount of daily sunlight and so it is often treated with light therapy.
  • Bipolar Disorder is no longer treated as depression as it manifests itself as mania. Sufferers will have high seasons where they will be supercharged right before slumping into a depressive mood. Also known as manic depression, this disorder has clear indicators and some sufferers will even know when they are about to experience their low season.

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The Relationship Between Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol is a depressant that is favored by many sufferers of depression – 30% to 40% of alcoholics suffer from depressive disorders. It all begins as a way of dulling the symptoms of depression, but then it could easily get out of hand and even worsen those very symptoms in the long run.

While alcohol may give false hopes due to its depressant quality, it does nothing to make the symptoms go away. Matter of fact, it only makes them worse by lengthening a depressive episode. It also creates other issues such as family conflicts, absenteeism that only worsens one’s finances and in the end, it could lead one to suicidal thoughts. Also,alcohol is addictive and so if it becomes the sufferer’s way of dealing with depression, then they are unlikely to seek help for the condition.

When tables turn, alcoholism can also cause depression where the brain is rewired and chemical reactions altered – and especially the neurotransmitters that control the brain a great deal. When these changes happen, a person’s habits change.  Some people are genetically predisposed to both alcohol and depression and so the occurrence of one leads to the other – most of the times. Hangovers are the worst as they make the sufferer feel bad about themselves, prolonging a depressive episode.

Those who have sought help for depression and are already on antidepressants risk making the medication less effective with alcohol consumption as drinking slows down the pace at which medication works.

The battle with depression could pull one into alcoholism and eventually, they may have to go for alcohol abuse treatment if at all they stand a chance at fighting depression. Naturally, alcohol withdrawal depression is likely to be noted where an alcoholic tries to quit cold turkey, but with help, they can get back on track.

Types of Depression

There are several types of depression that you should be aware of. They include the following:

  • Major Depressive Disorder is one of the disorders where a person experiences severe episodes of depression. They will slump into a funk and be unable to perform the most basic functions. While some people will only suffer one episode, others will have to deal with several slumps for life.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder is where one suffers a prolonged depressive state that could last for as long as two years. Others could stay in this state for life.
  • In Psychotic Depression, suffers experience bouts of psychosis during which their minds become delusional. They could also experience hallucinations.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder does not last too long, as the name suggests. Symptoms start to appear late into fall and as winter starts. This type is triggered by the decreasing amount of daily sunlight and so it is often treated with light therapy.
  • Bipolar Disorder is no longer treated as depression as it manifests itself as mania. Sufferers will have high seasons where they will be supercharged right before slumping into a depressive mood. Also known as manic depression, this disorder has clear indicators and some sufferers will even know when they are about to experience their low season.

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The Relationship Between Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol is a depressant that is favored by many sufferers of depression – 30% to 40% of alcoholics suffer from depressive disorders. It all begins as a way of dulling the symptoms of depression, but then it could easily get out of hand and even worsen those very symptoms in the long run.

While alcohol may give false hopes due to its depressant quality, it does nothing to make the symptoms go away. Matter of fact, it only makes them worse by lengthening a depressive episode. It also creates other issues such as family conflicts, absenteeism that only worsens one’s finances and in the end, it could lead one to suicidal thoughts. Also,alcohol is addictive and so if it becomes the sufferer’s way of dealing with depression, then they are unlikely to seek help for the condition.

When tables turn, alcoholism can also cause depression where the brain is rewired and chemical reactions altered – and especially the neurotransmitters that control the brain a great deal. When these changes happen, a person’s habits change.  Some people are genetically predisposed to both alcohol and depression and so the occurrence of one leads to the other – most of the times. Hangovers are the worst as they make the sufferer feel bad about themselves, prolonging a depressive episode.

Those who have sought help for depression and are already on antidepressants risk making the medication less effective with alcohol consumption as drinking slows down the pace at which medication works.

The battle with depression could pull one into alcoholism and eventually, they may have to go for alcohol abuse treatment if at all they stand a chance at fighting depression. Naturally, alcohol withdrawal depression is likely to be noted where an alcoholic tries to quit cold turkey, but with help, they can get back on track.

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Symptoms of Depression

Depression could start as an overwhelming sadness that you can’t shake off. The feeling leads to hopelessness and then a slump in energy. The sufferer loses interest in things they previously enjoyed and in most case, they will want to be left alone. Most of these symptoms seem normal as anyone can feel sad and hopeless depending on circumstances, but in the case of depression, they don’t just go away.

You will know someone is depressed when;

  • They are sadder than you have ever seen them.
  • They enjoy none of the things they did before.
  • They are perennially tired and hopeless.
  • They have difficulty making simple decisions.
  • They have low self-esteem.
  • They are irritable most of the time.
  • They have a hard time concentrating.
  • Appetite change so that they either eat too little or too much.
  • They want to sleep all the time or can’t seem to sleep much.
  • They constantly feel guilty.
  • In extreme cases, suicidal thoughts.

Is it depression or just the blues? Everyone experiences the blues once in a while where those things that made you happy cease to – for a moment – but you bounce back. With depression, you don’t – at least not as fast.

Depression Treatment Options

Depression is a serious condition that not only reduces one’s ability to enjoy life, but that can also cost the sufferer their life if not checked. Depression and alcohol abuse treatment go hand in hand where a sufferer has both as it would be counterproductive to treat one. Depending on the level of depression, a sufferer could be out on antidepressants that stabilize one’s mood so that they have better control of themselves. Antidepressants are not likely to be abused as they are not addictive and so they are the better option for those fighting substance abuse too.

Antidepressants are not the only option. A sufferer may prefer therapy where they get to talk to someone depending on their type of depression. With the media raising awareness on depression and in the process taking away stigma previously associated with the condition, more people are opening up about it.

The effect of antidepressants is sometimes felt in as few as two weeks of being in them, but doctors advise that a sufferer stays on them for a while – even after depression has already subsided. While medication is great, it works even better with some form of therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBH) is especially effective for helping one change their behavior and thinking. Talk therapy is just as effective and while at it, lifestyle changes will be beneficial.

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Depression steals away one’s joy and makes them feel as though they are in a never-ending downward spiral. While you may feel alone, you are not. Lots of people are going through what you are and help is never that far away. You would be surprised to find out that there are rehabilitation centers for depression in your area ready to give you the attention you need to get your life back. It all starts with identifying the symptoms and accepting that you are depressed so that you can seek the help you need. Contact an expert that will map a treatment plan specifically for you.

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