There does appear to be an increased number of people on this site recently who appear to have other underlying mental health conditions, such as Anxiety and Depression.
Back in Feb 2015. A journal was published in Gastroenterology about research being carried out at The University of Edinburgh into the link between those people suffering from anxiety or depression and an increased risk of death from liver disease: ed.ac.uk/clinical-brain-sci... this report concluded that a greater amount of research into this was required.
However, I have some personal views on this subject as liver disease and mental health seem to go hand in glove.
Many people with depression may seek to self-medicate with alcohol in an attempt to lift the mood. But alcohol in itself is a depressant, so a vicious cycle can begin. A person drinks the lift the mood, and in doing so they become more depressed which causes them to want to drink more, and so it goes on. (In my past, this would lead to me going on a three-day bender.)
When a person goes on to develop a serious liver condition and needs to stop drinking, they may turn to recreational drugs as a safer replacement to alcohol.
Some people on here in the past have been openly praising the virtues of cannabis and have even referred it to as being a safe wonderdrug.
However, over time, Cannabis also carries its own set of problems. These include:
1.Affect your motivation to do things
2.Impair your memory so you can’t remember things or learn new information
3. Give you mood swings
4. Disturb your sleep and make you depressed
5. Make you anxious, panicky, or even aggressive
6. Make you see or hear things that aren’t there (known as hallucinating or tripping)
7. Cause hours (or days) of anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations, which only settle down if the person stops taking it – and sometimes don’t settle down at all
8. Cause a serious relapse for people with psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia
9. Increase your chances of developing illnesses like schizophrenia, especially if you have a family background of mental illness and you start smoking in your teenage years.
So, a person’s liver may well be improving due to the lack of alcohol. But there is also a danger of other complications arising over time.
Some years ago I had a friend who was also a fellow liver transplantee. She used to attend a local mental health support group as she was suffering from survivors guilt and PTSD. She became frustrated that no one else in the group could relate to her emotional state as they had not endured what she had. I used to go along to offer her some moral support.
There used to be around 12-people in this group, all suffering from some form of anxiety or depression. What really surprised me was that none of these people seemed to question why they had this condition. There are many different causes for depression and one cap doesn't fit all. “Why do you have depression?” “Because the doctor told me I did”.
Many forms of depression may be caused by a hormonal imbalance, an overactive immune system, or other medical conditions. Some conditions may be very complex and hard to talk about.
I believe that understanding the cause of the depression is like having a form of closure. Other causes of anxiety also need to be understood and this may involve drilling down to find the root of the problem. Understanding and treating the cause may help to alleviate the condition. (Also it may mean that there is one less tablet having to be processed by the liver, as antidepressants would no longer be required).
This may be a contentious subject and I post this as a form of open debate. It isn’t aimed and anyone in particular, but merely as a point of interest.