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depression and alcohol--is my pdoc right?

Posted by raisinb on April 9, 2009, at 10:41:20

I saw my pdoc yesterday and mentioned I'd been having a rough time due to various situational factors, and now I'm spiraling down into depression. I also told her I've been drinking 1-2 Jack and cokes per night to wind down.

She gave me a lecture about how the alcohol was making my meds less effective, stating, "people with mood disorders on medication just can't drink alcohol the way other people can. You can't *have* a glass of wine with dinner--much less whiskey!"

I've heard over and over that alcohol is a depressant, but isn't a CNS depressant different than *causing* depressed mood? Or am I wrong?




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