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Suggest appropriate specialist for treating depression and alcoholism

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Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe

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Posted on Tue, 23 Oct 2018 in Mental Health
Question: My dear friend of 20 years has been suffering for years with isolation, depre aression, alcoholism, and is emotionally cold and not able to connect with anyone. He is 48 years old and is living in a prison of his own making. We are discussing this with his doctor but I am wondering what type of psychiatrist he should see? He says he is drinking to shut off his mind. He owns a successful restaurant but is unable to do the most simple things for himself.
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe 25 minutes later
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Consultation

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Generally speaking, antidepressants don't work when someone is actively drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which counteracts antidepressants.

I recommend he see a psychiatrist who is board-certified in addiction psychiatry to address this as a major problem.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Alexander H. Sheppe, Psychiatrist
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