Anxiety / drinking / depression

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mitcl74
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   Posted 8/5/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had anxiety for many years.  I would say over the past year or so, anytime I drink, I seem to be sad the next day.  Last night was my 15th class reunion.  I had a great time and I drank.  Today I feel a little sad.  I didn't do anything inappropriate or make an ass out of myself.  I feel like I'm so hard on myself and I can't stop.
 
Just wondering if others out there feel the same way.  It's like, if I can't remember every little detail of the night I am drinking, I start to get panicky.  I don't know why I have to be this way.  I have OCD and have worked on it w/ therapists over the years.
 
I enjoy myself so much when I am out drinking with friends, but the next day is always tough.  Even if I don't have a hangover, I just feel lousy.  I know some might say, don't drink then, but I don't do it very often.  I guess I don't know why in the last year l have become so critical of myself after a night out w/ friends.
 
I also am wondering if I suffer from depression if I get sad on these days or if it's just my OCD and anxiety making me feel sad.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/5/2007 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember at the end of my drinking ........I was just like you BUT I would have blackouts and that was Hades ........I got so sad depressed and even worried abouit what I had done while drinking I was told nothing innapropriate apparently the life of the party
" Tears of A Clown" was always my theme song
Are you taking meds for anything at all like your a/p or OCD...I have severe OCD as well ......

I would in all honesty think it is prolly the drinking but it could be many other things to you no doubt hit hard coming off the booze next day and the sadness and depression might just then kick in ya know

I am sure others will have some input for you
Personally I think with all that is going on with you .....you may need to stop the going out for a wee bit and see if that helps
We are here for you and sorry you feel this way

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Danxiety
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to feel that way a lot too! It wasnt everytime i drank, but sometimes. Enough to make me wonder. Did you sleep well after the night of drinking, or was it a late night then up early in the morning? Those days were the worst for me. I finally went on medication and stuff, and the mixing of alcohol and SSRI was really bad so i gave up drinking for good.

So yeah, i totally have had that. I would feel really self consciences and worry even though there was nothing to worry about. I dont know if you did a search on google, but i read somewhere that some receptors (something that effects the sympathy or similar) is effected during alcohol withdrawal. Even if you drink once and a while, i think if you have a heavy night you go through some withdrawal and that an effect you mood (other than just having a headache)

take care.
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your honest input D

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Boomer2uall
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi.  Wait people.  Drinking alcohol is a depressant.  Of course you will feel terrible the next day with the meds we are all on. I am not trying to be rude, but don't drink.  This should have been told to all of us by our doctors.etc.  I had drank an entire bottle of Irish Creme around XMAS last year.  Oh my, I felt really bad the next day for a week.  I honestly thought I was going to end up in the hospital or WORSE.

If you really need a drink, have a very small glass of white wine (sugar level 2-VQA-I used to be a certified bartender).  One small glass will relax you but not make you feel rotten the next day.  But again, I would not recommend anyone drinking on the meds were on.

Nick

 


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stkitt
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   Posted 8/6/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear boomer,

You are wise and I like your advice.  No one is judging anyone here, just makes good sense as alcohol is a depressant and if you feel sad the next day and are having trobule with recall, and on meds................your setting your self up for a major crisis.

I wish you all peace and happiness.

Gentle hugs


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Boomer2uall
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   Posted 8/7/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kitt.  Thank you for the compliment.  The way I see it, we are all in this as one.  But again, I don't recommend anyone drink alcohol with the meds were all on.  But if you must, please, please, just drink a very small glass of what I recommended just about 2 hours before retiring.  And whatever you do, please everyone, don't drink and drive with the meds. were all on plus ANY alcohol.

Godspeed-Nick

 


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/7/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a long standing and still sober Alcoholic have been since 79 and I will ask that no one does drink even that small amount on AD.........

Boomer......

Thanks so much for the NO drinking and driving

I lost my first hubby that way * if you read my thread " My Life In a Bottle " you would have read about Rick ......

I do not advocate anyone drinking /driving you may not get hurt but others just may ya know and I applaud those that do volunteer to be the Designated driver for party nights and Holidays

Most accidental deaths are right on Holidays anyone else notice this ..Christmas and New years ...........especially

Again .....Thanks
SOBER..........still .....For Today ....One Day At A Time
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Boomer2uall
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   Posted 8/7/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Howlycat.  I am so very sorry about your loss.  I really hope I didn't bring back any bad memories.  You are extremly right, no one should drink and drive.  And you are also very correct that most people "hit the bottle" around holidays then drive.  In fact, Christmas for a lot of people is an extremly stressful and depressive time of the month.  I know I get depressed at Christmas.

I just thought that I would put in the "don't drink and drive" as a small reminder if any of us decide to have a small drink.  A small glass of white wine with a sugar level of 2, VQA around bedtime will relax a person.  It's still not a good idea with the meds. we are all on, however, it is a sweeter wine and you would be able to really taste the grapes that were used.

Nick

 


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Suffer from depression, generalized anxiety dissorder, and OCD.


debaser
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   Posted 8/7/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
God, I wish I could drink socially. I don't have the same reaction you do, mitcl74, but I had a reaction to it nonetheless. And now that I take a benzo I very seldom drink and it's with EXTREME moderation. A/P and depression are a lot alike in many ways, and for most people alcohol isn't really a good thing to use at all.

I miss it, though. I'm kind of on the shy side with new people, and could use a "social lubricant" of some kind. Oh well...that's the breaks.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/8/2007 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Nick
Now hun you have not brought back any bad memories I spilt my guts in that thread and demons came out then but you know I do feel a H*** of alot better since doing so .......

I would recommend if anyone is having probs with alcohol to read that thread I can bump it if yous want let me know k

Again thanks for the "not drinking and driving " advice
IT does save lives ........

Be well friend '
Be well

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mitcl74
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   Posted 8/12/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all very much. It is comforting knowing others have OCD / Panic out there. I don't take medicines. If I did, I wouldn't drink as I was always told not too mix them. It seems to be more of a control issue for me lately. I am 32 and this has only been happening for about 1-2 years. More so lately. Anyhow, I am trying to watch what I drink when I am out & about. It's not worth feeling crappy the next day. Thanks again and best wishes to everyone to enjoy the rest of their summer.
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