The Irony in Alcohol Induced Depression
Alcohol and depression go hand in hand.
Depression occurs when a person experiences prolonged feelings of intense sadness, helplessness, and worthlessness. It affects many aspects of your daily life, including loss of appetite, disrupted sleep schedule, loss of interest, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem and irritability. Depression affects your relationship with yourself and others. When a person is experiencing symptoms of depression, they may turn to alcohol as a means of self-medicating, to help them temporarily escape and forget about their problems.
Alcohol is a natural depressant. A depressant is a drug that lowers neurotransmission levels in your brain, which in turn reduces arousal and stimulation. Because alcohol inhibits receptors in the brain, it takes a toll on the central nervous system. When a person drinks alcohol, they may begin to experience depressive feelings.
So, we are faced with the million-dollar question: Does drinking alcohol make you depressed or does depression make you drink alcohol?
The irony of alcohol induced depression is that not only does drinking lead to depression, but depression leads to drinking, which is why these two issues are so frequently associated with each other. A tough topic for many people to discuss, alcohol induced depression is more common than you think. Studies show nearly one-third of people with major depression also have an alcohol problem. The truth is that alcohol worsens the symptoms of depression, as this is quite common among people who binge drink.
When you binge drink alcohol, your judgement is impaired. You’re more likely to make a bad decision, such as ruining a relationship, losing your job, or spending all of your money. This impaired judgement also leads to impulsive and sometimes dangerous behaviors, including thoughts of suicide. After the alcohol wares off, the regret still remains, causing you to develop intensely negative feelings about yourself and your actions.
If you are depressed before you start drinking, you are essentially trying to hide from your condition rather than cope with it, which is counterproductive to your health. Binge drinking rather than coping with your problems causes issues in your health, your relationship, your family, and work life, thrusting you back into the vicious cycle of alcohol induced depression.
How can you break the cycle of alcohol induced depression?
To escape the cycle of alcohol induced depression, our New Jersey treatment center recommends you quit drinking immediately and seek medical assistance. Treatment Alternatives New Jersey has individualized treatment programs for those struggling with both alcohol and depression.