What Are The Psychological Symptoms Of Alcohol Withdrawal?
Alcohol withdrawal can be a very difficult process for anybody to undergo, whether you’ve done it before in the past or whether this is going to be the first time you’ve ever experienced it. The main thing that I want to tell you is that your body is going to experience a lot of changes, and some of them are going to be physical while others are going to be on a mental or psychological level.
I extensively covered all of the physical symptoms in a different article on this website, but I want to delve into the psychological symptoms right now so that you can know what you are about to experience. I don’t want you to think that this is going to be a very enjoyable experience because it obviously will not. But it can be bearable if you have the proper help and guidance available to you so that you can get through this situation as easy as possible.
With that said, I think it’s time that I fill you in on some of the psychological symptoms that you will probably experience during alcohol withdrawal. There is no guarantee that you will experience them, but a lot of people have in the past so the potential is there for you to experience them as well. Let’s look at some of the psychological symptoms right now.
Insomnia – I know a lot of people might think of this as an actual physical symptom, but I also feel that it falls under the psychological symptoms as well. One of the main reasons why you aren’t going to be able to go to sleep is because you’re craving alcohol that you are used to getting.
And that unfortunately is going to have your mind wandering at a mile a minute for a good while there, but it will eventually dissipate and you will be able to get your thoughts under control once again. When that happens, your sleep is also going to come back under control as you adjust to the new life that you are leading by being clean and sober.
Nightmares – there is going to be a strong possibility that during those times when you finally do get yourself to sleep, you will experience all different types of nightmares while you are supposedly resting. While I can’t say for certain that this is going to happen to you, I can tell you that it has happened to lots of other people in your situation so it would be good for you to be prepared for any nightmares that might take place.
Just realize that when you wake up that it was only a dream, and hopefully you’ll be able to shake off the nasty feeling very quickly that the nightmare leaves. Don’t let it ruin your whole day, and try your best to learn to live with the nightmares so that they do not take over your waking world.
Fatigue – many people often experience a tremendous amount of fatigue once they begin the alcohol withdrawal process. This is a mental and psychological symptom, as well as a physical symptom. The mental part is that you feel stressed out and drained mentally, and a big part of that reason is because the chemicals in your body are changing due to the lack of alcohol. So it’s also a physical symptom as well since your chemicals are going to be out of balance, and that’s going to be a big part of the reason why you are experiencing such mental fatigue.
Irritability – a lot of people are very irritable when they first start going through alcohol withdrawal. This is definitely an understandable thing since you are taking away the one thing that your body has been expecting to experience for many years in a lot of cases. So you’re definitely going to feel uncomfortable and irritable when you remove the alcohol from your life. There’s really no way around this, so expect to be cranky for a little while.
Mood swings – this probably fits right in with irritability, but mood swings are even a little bit harder to deal with because one minute you might be a happy-go-lucky individual, and at the drop of a hat you can turn into a raving lunatic.
I know this is tough on a lot of the people that you have to live with and work with, because I unfortunately subjected people of this at many different points in my life. And if you have nice people in your life, they will look past your issues and forgive you for the mood swings that you unfortunately force upon them.
Having a difficult time thinking clearly – this is a very big problem for a lot of people because they want to try and feel normal, but their mind is constantly wandering around and racing. They can’t feel good because they can’t really think clearly.
Again, this is another one of those things where you just have to kind of ride it out and wait for your body to come back into balance once again. Once the chemicals in your body become balanced, you will be able to start thinking clearly and your thought processes will become a lot smoother than they have been for quite some time.
Nervousness and anxiety – many people get very jittery and nervous when they first quit drinking. This is a major psychological symptom because people have a difficult time learning how to relax once they stop drinking for good. The alcohol was the way they relaxed in the past, so they’re going to have to learn a whole new way to calm themselves down if they’re going to survive without drinking. It’s definitely doable, and I need you to realize that it will eventually happen on its own.
Depression – many people often become really depressed after they finally quit drinking, if they are planning on quitting for good. This depression takes place because you’re making a major lifestyle decision and change, and you need time to process it. Don’t worry if you are depressed in the very beginning because it’s just something that usually ends up happening to people, but eventually they are a lot happier because of their overall decision to quit.
These are some of the most important psychological symptoms that you will potentially experience when going through alcohol withdrawal. There is no guarantee that you are going to experience these symptoms, but the possibilities are certainly not in your favor.