Alcohol, Depression – They Tend To Go Together

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Alcohol, depression—they both go together more than most people realize, but it is not a good idea and they both need to be treated.

People use alcohol to relax and have a good time; especially those who may be shy or feeling down.  However, alcohol is a depressant, so the effect is only temporary and when you come down then you feel worse.  Alcohol temporarily blunts the effects of stress hormones, so you feel numb for a while.  However, the next morning you feel worse then ever because the alcohol depresses your brain and nervous system.  It is a cyclical situation because you may use the alcohol to feel happier and it does work, for a bit, but then the crash is harder than the original feeling and it can drive depression even deeper.  If you are depressed it is easy to be tempted by alcohol’s temporary fix, but you are only making matters worse.

Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.  The limbic system houses the neurotransmitters that are responsible for the regulation of emotions, physical and sex drives, and stress response.  This area is very complex but is easily affected by certain outside influences.   Alcohol, drugs, and stress can be the causes that result in an imbalance.

If you find yourself using alcohol every day so you can cope or it is interfering with your everyday activities then these are a couple of signs that you need help.  Sometimes overuse of alcohol comes before the depression and other times the depression comes first and then the overuse of alcohol.  It is important that both are treated.  Those who stopped alcohol overuse felt better in a few weeks, but others needed to seek treatment for depression, as well.

There are programs in your community, online, or via the telephone that will help you recognize the signs of alcohol abuse so you can get help.  Your physician is another good place to turn.  They can help you determine if your alcoholism is a result of depression.  They will perform a regular physical and ask you several questions to determine the cause.  They will also suggest psychotherapy or counselling.  A therapist will get to the root of the problem, so you can pinpoint your stress factors that may be the cause of how you are feeling.

Alcohol and depression is a very common combination, but it can be treated.  Both issues may require treatment, or if one is treated then the other problem may go away.  The most important step is to contact a healthcare professional.

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