Steve's struggle with Alcohol Induced Depression.
Since the age of 20, I am now 51 I have over the years had severe bouts of depression, I didn't realize it until I was 36 that alcohol was actually the cause.
I was a heavy drinker when I was young, I never displayed the typical symptoms of antisocial behavior. I have seen doctors, chiropractors, psychologists, etc
No one ever told me alcohol can bring on depression. I don't drink much these days, but recently I gave it a nudge one night and its was back with vengeance. The negative effects did not kick in until the next day, and boy was I in trouble then, feelings of impending doom, severe anxiety, hopelessness, suicidal.
How I cope is get off the booze, start exercising, try to eat something even if I struggle to eat. If you are real bad, see your GP and get some anti-anxiety meds just to get the sleep you need to get back on track. Do not under any circumstances keep drinking it will destroy you.
Not many people know that I suffer from this, only immediate family and the occurrences are rare because I drink in moderation. This recent episode gave me a stark reminder, its been over 10 years since the last one.