Depression and Alcohol Is a Dangerous Combination
Depression and alcohol can be a dangerous combination. Drinking alcohol when you're depressed can worsen your depression. Similarly, drinking alcohol when you're in depression remission can seriously jeopardize that remission.
Last week I wrote about making the most of depression remission. I listed several things that I like to do when I'm in remission, things that help keep my depression at bay. One of those things is to enjoy a glass of wine.
Upon reading my blog, someone commented on how alcohol is contraindicated when taking medication for depression and/or any form of depression treatment. Indeed, alcohol is a depressant so why in the world would someone with depression choose to drink when in remission?
I can only comment on my own behaviour and perhaps, I should have said that I enjoy eating chocolate rather than drinking a glass of wine. I do enjoy chocolate, but drinking a robust red or a chilled, fruity white makes me feel - - normal.
When Depressed, Do Something That Makes You Feel Normal
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I know it sounds crazy, but when I'm depressed I feel so not normal, so not in control of myself that when I'm in remission, I like to do what other normal grown-ups do. For me, one of those things is to drink wine. Heck, I even mix a couple of my feel-better, go-to list items. Today, I did some gardening and had a beer while listening to music outside. It was a good day. A solid seven!
To that end, I would caution anybody with depression to be very careful when drinking alcohol. It's a precarious choice, at best. You need to know yourself and know your limits. Alcohol is a depressant and depressed people don't need any help being depressed. They/we need help overcoming depression.
Scott, L. (2014, May 4). Depression and Alcohol Is a Dangerous Combination, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, March 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2014/05/depression-and-alcohol
Author: Liana M. Scott
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We normally get depressed when things are not going the way we want it to be,but i think we need to remain optimistic,never lose hope,and hope that things will go the way we want it to be very soon,this way we will save our self from trap into the addictions.
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