Knowing More about Alcohol Depression


Dr. Purushothaman
September 12, 2013

When we talk about depression, we are talking about a mental state of a person that lacks enthusiasm and passion for what life has to offer. It is usually coupled with feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness that lead to suffering. This is the same feeling that alcohol depression can produce, which is much worse secondary to the addition of alcohol in the picture.
We all feel sad, which is a temporary feeling much similar to the fleeting happiness, but when it becomes chronic and progressive with time it becomes major depression. If a person suffers two weeks or more of this mental state, it is said to be that the person has clinical depression.
Fast Facts:
*30-50% of alcoholics treated for alcohol abuse treatment in rehab are found to have depressive disorders
*Alcohol is a depressant of the central nervous system, which could aggravate or cause the depressive symptoms
*People who come from a depressive and alcoholic family line has a higher risk of developing major depressive disorder and alcoholism
*People most likely turn to drugs or alcohol when they are clinically depressed twice more than people who don't experience depression
*Alcoholism masks out the clinical depression, which leaves the primary problem untreated and unknown
*Alcoholism aggravates the depressive mode
Why is it dangerous?
Alcoholism and depression when combined is dangerous because it has a higher risk of suicide according to many psychiatric evaluations on cases that are unsuccessful suicide. When a person is intoxicated, he or she has impaired judgment and unable to do self-control. If this is combined with a depressive episode with feelings of endless despair, it warrants immediate medical intervention
What are the danger signs of alcohol depression?
Your drinking alcohol results to:
*To cope up with many things like anger, anxiety, frustration and depression but you also use it to gain confidence in yourself.
*Getting hangovers occur frequently.
*Affecting your personal relationship with other people.
*Making you feel angry, disgusted and suicidal.
*Gloomy, aggressive and embittered behaviour.
*Stopping from doing anything else just to drink.
*Starting to feel anxious and shaky.
*Starting to drink any time of the day even at early morning.
*Making people around you uncomfortable and embarrassed.
Help in this State:
We all know for a fact that a large number of alcoholics will start to progressively feel better when they are cut out from the problems of drinking. Therefore, it is best that the condition is started by alcohol abuse treatment so that depression can be isolated from the combination making the situation more ideal and successful.
If you can, you can start loosening the grip of alcohol in your life so that within a few weeks the clinical signs of depression will also start to lift up. However, if you cannot do this, you can sign up for treatment in alcohol rehabilitation centers so that appropriate intervention will be given to you. You can talk to your doctor so that both of you can work out some solutions in your problem.

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