Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Link Between Alcoholism and Mood Swings (part 2 of 2)

If a person suffers from alcoholism, his body is not given sufficient time and opportunity to eliminate the toxic substance.  As a result, it doesn't have enough time to recover completely.  Thought processes are inhibited, which can then lead to a variety of emotions, ranging from the positive such as happiness, giddiness and boosted self-confidence to the negatives such as guilt, anxiety and extreme sadness.

It's also not uncommon for people suffering from alcoholism to experience depression.  Physical control also deteriorates severely, causing stupor and loss of consciousness.

The intoxicating effects of the alcohol can already result to mood swings, lasting even hours after the patient has taken his last drink.

Alcohol withdrawal and mood swings
Probably the worst problem about alcoholism is that in case a person decides to undergo withdrawal, the intensity of mood swings worsen.  Alcoholics very often have high levels of epinephrine in the blood.  This, along with the deficiency in magnesium that many alcoholics suffer from, can often lead to cases of delirium (delirium tremens or DTs).

The symptoms of DTs are the extreme form of mood swings caused by alcoholism.  Delirium manifests itself in an individual as bouts of insomnia, depression and confusion.  In many cases, it can even lead to difficult and dreadful hallucinations.  These hallucinations can seem very real to the patient, which makes it even harder for them to deal with their condition directly.

Dealing with mood swings associated with alcoholism can be problematic.  The physical symptoms themselves are already very challenging for an alcoholic to handle.  To treat alcoholism, it's important that professional help is sought.  Therapy – whether on his own or with a group – along with medical help and support, should be considered the soonest time possible.  Alcoholism destroys the body and the mind gradually.  The earlier it is treated, the better it will be for the patient.

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