You’ve probably heard of manic Monday and maybe even freaky Friday, but have you ever heard of suicide Tuesday?
It’s a phenomenon in the drug culture, particularly used by those who use the club drug ecstasy, also known as MDMA or Molly. Often used in weekend binges, ecstasy increases the amount of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, which creates the euphoric and loving feelings associated with MDMA.
Because the levels of this feel good chemical increase well beyond its normal threshold, when the drug leaves the body, the levels of serotonin plummet, often leaving the drug user in withdrawal.
While drug withdrawal gets a lot of talk, every drug impacts the body differently and therefore the body withdrawals from them differently. When it comes to ecstasy, there is a slight physical withdrawal, including chills and restlessness, but the real impact is psychological. Because of the sudden drop in serotonin, MDMA abusers are often faced with anxiety and severe depression after use.
Is the Crash Worth the High?
For the full effects of withdrawal to occur, the body needs to be completely free of MDMA, which can take up to three days. Hence, after a weekend binge, this often occurs on Tuesday. Because of the high likelihood of depression with the withdrawal, this effect is commonly called black Tuesday, or sometimes suicide Tuesday.
While most ecstasy users don’t hurt themselves when they get a case of the Tuesday withdrawal blues, for some, the depression is life halting. Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness become overwhelming and they don’t understand that it’s associated with the weekend before’s drug use. Studies show that there is a significant association between MDMA use and subsequent suicide attempts. This same research discusses the elevated risk of suicidal thoughts and actions with ecstasy, particularly when other drugs are also involved.
Avoid the Drop
Although abstinence from drug use is the easiest way to avoid the Tuesday blues, there are other things you can do to minimize the depression associated with ecstasy withdrawal. Eating plenty of healthy carbs and getting as much sleep as possible helps the withdrawal symptoms lessen.
Anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax or Ativan can help with the anxiety associated with the serotonin drop and can make the depression more manageable. Engaging in activities that naturally increase serotonin levels, such as cardiovascular exercise and sex, also help reduce withdrawal symptoms and make you feel a little better.
Understanding the association between ecstasy and the depression is essential to overcoming it and recognizing that it’s a symptom of withdrawal, not a permanent mind set.
Get the Help You Need
If you regularly binge on MDMA and have experienced the nasty side effects of suicide Tuesday, it’s time to seek help. Regular use of ecstasy can be dangerous and cause permanent changes to how your brain functions. Call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) today to talk to someone who can help.