Ambien and Depression: Can Ambien Cause Depression or Suicide?
However, the drug can affect the central nervous system and lead to memory loss, concentration problems, dependence and Ambien addiction. The medication can also increase a person’s chances of experiencing anxiety or depression.
A person with depression who regularly uses Ambien can experience a worsening of depressive feelings, which can affect their health, job and relationships. These individuals can also develop an addiction. A substance use disorder can lead to compulsive, drug-seeking behavior despite knowing the health, social and legal consequences.
Ambien does not cure anxiety. However, the FDA suggests that Ambien can produce or exacerbate anxiety. Many people with sleep problems caused by anxiety turn to sedatives like Ambien, but these drugs can prolonge this mental health problem.
Ambien has also shown to cause suicidal ideations in those without a known mental illness. A 2013 study published in the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences examined a case report of a 27-year-old man with no psychological disorders who experienced suicidal thoughts after using 20 milligrams of Ambien. Researchers suggested that a link could exist between Ambien use and dangerous mental health behaviors.
When prescribed Ambien, people should present their complete medical history — including any instances of mental health problems — to their physician. Patients who use Ambien should also carefully monitor how they’re feeling. They should let their doctor know about any unusual thoughts or behaviors while using the drug.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychotherapy approach that has helped people with mental illness who are also addicted to sedatives learn ways to better manage their symptoms. A 2014 study published in JSM Clinical Case Reports found that cognitive behavioral therapy can help people taper off Ambien.
Co-occurring disorders should be treated simultaneously. Treating Ambien addiction without addressing depression can lead to a recurrence of substance use, as the patient might be tempted to use sedatives to cope with negative feelings. Receiving treatment for both disorders can increase a person’s chances of sustaining their sobriety after rehab.
- Ambien can produce or increase anxiety and depression
- Research has linked Ambien use with the presence of suicidal thoughts
- Ambien abuse can increase a person’s risk of developing an addiction
- Treatment can help people manage symptoms of an Ambien addiction and depression
Individuals who suspect that they might be addicted to Ambien can take The Recovery Village’s Ambien addiction self-assessment to learn more about their use of the sedative. The results of the assessment are confidential and will be emailed to the individual upon completion.
If you or someone you know experiences an Ambien use disorder and depression, contact The Recovery Village. An admissions representative can talk to you about the importance of treatment and how it can help you cope with co-occurring disorders.
Mortaz Hejri, Sameh, Faizi, Mehrdad & Babaeian, Mohammad. “Zolpidem-induced suicide attempt: a case report.” DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. December 20, 2013. Accessed November 27, 2018.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. “What Are ‘Co-occurring’ Disorders?” March 8, 2012. Accessed November 27, 2018.
Siebern, Allison T. & Primeau, Michelle. “Case Report of Zolpidem Dependence with Daytime and Nighttime Use.” JSciMed Central. February 20, 2014. Accessed November 27, 2018.
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