How Alcohol Worsens Symptoms of Depression

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Depression is more than just sadness. It is debilitating, paralyzing, can make those who suffer from it feeling desperate and lonely. Depression affects every part of a person’s life. When someone suffers from depression, he or she often decline invitations to social events, family gatherings, and special occasions with loved ones. Depression makes people disengage in things that once were fun, interesting, and enjoyable.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression tears apart relationships and distorts a person’s reality and perception. It interferes with health, nutrition, sleep, and work productivity. Some people turn to alcohol to cope with depression, but alcohol is a depressant and worsens the symptoms of depression.

Depression makes a person feel helpless, hopeless, and in despair. Depression also heightens feelings of worthlessness, low confidence, and breaks down spiritual wellness. Many people who suffer from depression use alcohol as a way to escape the relentless and continual painful symptoms.

How Alcohol Affects Depression

Alcohol makes an impact on physical health. It can lead to severe physical health problems such as brain damage, liver failure, overdose, or early death. Alcohol interferes with brain chemistry and takes control of how our brain functions. Alcohol consumption can result in spontaneous, reckless, and dangerous behavior. It disrupts critical thinking skills, the ability to make sound judgment, and movement.

Many people use drugs or alcohol as a relief from depression, stress, and anxiety. Over time, alcohol use can develop into an addiction. Alcohol abuse disrupts sleep patterns, nutrition, and takes priority over all responsibilities and relationships. As alcohol addiction worsens depression, it also affects job performance and can lead to job termination due to tardiness, frequent absences, and productivity.

Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction and depression are isolating but you are not alone. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable. Many who get treatment proceed to live healthy, productive, meaningful lives.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and a mental health disorder, get help today. Do not let the stigma of addiction and mental health keep you from getting help. Treatment is tailored to your unique needs. Take the first step toward saving your life and call now.


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