How Can Stimulants Affect Someone Who Is Depressed?

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Stimulants are substances that sort of lift or activate our central nervous system, in essence they give us more energy. Now stimulants can be lot's of different things for example, caffeine is a stimulant and more extreme things like cocaine and amphetamines are stimulants, but they all act in the same way.

They stimulate or lift the central nervous system and for a short time at least make us feel as if we have more energy, that we might even be more mentally sharp and at such times you often feel like we can keep going and going and going. Now here is the problem, stimulants are never going to be a fix for having a sad mood, what it might do is kind of give some of that energy that goes away when we're feeling sad but it's only a short-term fix.

And so using a stimulant to address a sad mood could be a real mistake because what ends up happening is that the core, the real sad mood is not getting addressed the way it should be and could keep going and going, really causing a lot of harm to that person, pulling them out of their lives, making them feel worse and worse, leading them to not take care of their health.

What we've got to keep in mind is that stimulants are a quick fix, but they're not a permanent fix, and that the temptation whether it's to turn to a cup of coffee or to turn to something more severe or dangerous such as drugs as a way to get ourselves out of sadness is not always the best strategy, in fact it rarely is.

Stimulants are never going to be a fix or a remedy for a person who is struggling with depression or sad mood. Far more appropriate is to consult with a licensed medical or mental health practitioner about using a combination of antidepressants, therapy and other things such as exercise, meditation and other approaches that help you focus on root causes, and really addressing the sadness directly rather than trying to hide it.