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"Recreational" drugs or drugs of abuse can cause depression. Alcohol is a common cause of depression, especially if used to excess. Stimulants, when withdrawn, can lead to depression (for example, stopping cocaine or amphetamines). Excessive marijuana use can cause apathy, poor functioning, and depression.

Depression commonly accompanies any type of substance abuse or dependence, either because of the direct effect of the drug, from the lifestyles and patterns of behavior that surround drug seeking, or because of an underlying depression that leads the person to use a substance in the first place.

A substance-induced mood disorder is the term used when the mood changes come as a result of using a substance or withdrawing from it.

It is usually hard to figure out which came first, the substance use or the mood problem.

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