03
April
2014

Antidepressants: All you need to know

What are antidepressants?

Antidepressants are medicines that treat depression. Read all you need to know about them here.

Depression is a serious illness that affects millions of people around the world.  Many depressive symptoms can be treated with natural remedies, such as exercise, a proper diet, and getting enough sleep.  Also, talking with a psychologist or therapist can be a great way to help depression get better.  However, not all cases of depression can be treated this way, so that’s where antidepressants come in.  But how do they work?  What are the different kinds? Here we will explore all of the different options for antidepressants, how they work, and any side effects that they might have.

What are antidepressants?

Antidepressants are medications that you normally take once a day to help with your anxiety or depression.  These pills regulate the serotonin levels in your brain, which will ultimately make you feel better and less depressed.   Most antidepressants are SSRIs, which stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.  These are the type of antidepressants that we will be discussing in this article.

Why might I need to take them?

Antidepressant medications are used mainly to treat anxiety and depression.  If you suspect that you might be anxious or depressed, talk to your primary physician and let him or know how you are feeling.  Your doctor will be able to tell you if antidepressant medications are right for you, or if you should consider other kinds of treatment instead.  If your doctor prescribes you antidepressants, he or she will give you the correct dose for the severity of your symptoms.

How long will I have to take them?

If your doctor prescribes you an antidepressant, he or she will normally give you a prescription for at least a few months.  It takes a few weeks for the medicine to start having effect, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t feel better right away.  Antidepressants are generally safe for long term use.  However, if you feel confident that you don’t want to take them anymore, let your doctor know and he or she will help you with the process of ending your antidepressant prescription.

What are the side effects?

The vast majority of people can use antidepressants without having any side effects.  However, there are side effects that can possibly occur, and they  include the following: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches.  Antidepressants can also cause a slight sedative effect in some people, so it’s a good idea to be aware of this when you first start to take them.

Conclusion

Antidepressants are not for everyone, but they can be a great help to those who suffer from debilitating symptoms of anxiety or depression.  The only way to know if antidepressants are for you is to talk to your primary physician.  Your doctor will then prescribe you the medication himself, or send you to a psychologist or a counselor that can help you.

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