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Hello, I am very sorry that your friend has been experiencing this wide variety of symptoms, I can understand why you are concerned for her. Obviously I cannot provide a diagnosis online as that takes a face to face evaluation, but I will answer your questions one by one to make it more orderly and easy to follow.
1. Yes antidepressants do have a possibility of increasing anxiety. Typically when this happens it is the result of either the wrong antidepressant being given or there is a misdiagnosis where the individual does not suffer from a typical anxiety disorder. Usually a more thorough examination by a psychologist or psychiatrist can help clarify diagnosis, and possibly changing or adding medications may be helpful.
2. It is doubtful that your friend is experienced a repressed personality or emotions while she drinks alcohol. Alcohol is a psychoactive substance that can have a strong effect for those that are sensitive to it (e.g. individuals that are addicted to alcohol). It is more likely that your friend suffers from an Alcohol Abuse
Disorder and when she drinks alcohol it causes her to lower her inhibitions and her behavior to be drastically different than when she is sober. This can occur with any psychoactive substance and not just alcohol.
3. I cannot tell you specifically if these are the wrong medications since I do not know what specific medication she is on, what she has tried in the past, and like I said I cannot diagnose her online. It is possible that she may be on the wrong medications or too high of a dose. If she does choose to taper off her medications, I would recommend that she do so under the supervision of a psychiatrist since the withdrawal symptoms could be very bothersome.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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