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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/4/2005 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this board ..I have a question.
Has anyone ever experienced~~~~ or is using alcohol to supress depression symptoms something typical?
The reason why I ask is because sometimes I find that when I drink, I am in a better mood. However, the next morning, my depression is often worse. Which makes sense because alcohol is a depressant.
I often, when social occasions arise that I can't avoid, I tend to have a drink before I go. And possibly some while I am there. Once I come home I typically force myself to do what needs to be done, then I go to bed.
I have been suffering through depression since 1993, When I was 17.
I have a long story in which I will spare everyone the details for now.
I was just curious about this.
Thanks for lending an ear (or eyes rather) and any insight.

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/4/2005 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Selindra,
Welcome. It sounds like you're using alcohol to make you feel better at the moment, but as you say in your message it's an anti-depressant and you pay for it later.
If you're on an anti-depressant you may find that alcohol affects you more than usual. I'm on Celexa and one glass of wine makes me loopy. I think that the recommendation on the label says Celexa may intensify the affect of alcohol. For this reason and the interactions with another medical condition I don't drink very often - in fact next to never.
Perhaps there are other things you could do that are healthier ways to cope in challenging situations. When you're going to bed and want something comforting or to help you sleep try a cup of herbal tea. I have found one called Calm that works great. If you're nervous about social situations take a good friend and ask them to stick by you or limit your time. Only go to events where you feel comfortable. I cut back a lot on the social outings I attend. I know it's not the healthiest because a symptom of depression is withdrawl; I have stopped just limited to the ones I know I can handle. Try not to force yourself to do things. If there's something you feel you need to do, do it and then do something nice for yourself, have a bath, read a book. Don't punish yourself.
Good luck!
Coquitlam55 (aka Nicky)
"The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." --Helen Keller
I try and remember this each day I have a headache that I'm not sure I can overcome.

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   Posted 9/4/2005 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your kind words....but

I am sorry to bother anyone.

No more advice is needed
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