Medications For Depression

Treatments for depression include antidepressant medicines, "talk" therapy, or a combination of both that will either change behavior that lead to the depression, or change the patient's view of what happens, and his reactions to events. Most people are helped by treatment, and reach a point where they once again enjoy life. The lingering sadness and loss of interest in life are heavy burdens to bear for the person suffering from a depressive state. Other symptoms also occur for many who suffer from this debilitating problem. There can be changes in appetite or weight, and changes in sleep patterns as well. People display different behaviors such as restlessness or decreased activity that others notice. Loss of energy or feeling tired all the time, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions can mean a person is depressed. The worst symptoms occur when a person is feeling worthless, or is overcome with guilt, and might have frequent thoughts of death or suicide. If intervention doesn't occur at this level, the consequences can be tragic. Medications for depression will likely be the first choice of treatment at this stage.

A doctor can diagnose a person as clinically depressed if at least five of the above symptoms are present, and they have been occurring for at least two weeks. The symptoms should be serious enough to cause worry, and interfere with the work, social life, or daily life of an individual. Everyone has times when they feel down. Usually, that passes after a short time, and one gets back to normal. When it doesn't go away, the problem may be depression. Only a doctor can make the diagnosis, but it's important to know that help should be sought when those symptoms linger for too long. Treatments for depression can improve the world of a depressed person dramatically.

Depression is a real medical condition, and not a sign of weakness, or a character flaw. Anyone, no matter what age they are, what background they have, or what ethnic group they belong to can be the victim of depressive disorders. Nearly twice as many women as men are affected by a depressive illness each year. Medications for depression are readily available, and come in several different formulas. If one doesn't work for an individual, there are others to try. There are even herbal medications that claim to help relieve symptoms naturally, and they have none of the possible side effects that might occur with pharmaceuticals.

The exact cause of depression isn't clear. No one is sure why some people have this problem and others don't. Sometimes these symptoms seem to occur because of a stressful event--divorce, or the death of a loved one for instance. Other times there seems to be no reason at all. There does seem to be a genetic connection. While not everyone who has a relative who has or has had it will develop the illness, there does seem to be a greater likelihood for it to happen. Treatments for depression can help even in those instances where it seems to be a "family" thing. Scientists believe that this illness could be linked with an imbalance of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. Medications for depression are designed to correct that imbalance. Even in the Old Testament there are descriptions of sadness, which could have been depression. "Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid." (Nehemiah 2:2)

There are three phases of treatments for depression when only medications for depression are used. Phase 1 is the acute phase, and during that phase the person is prescribed medication that relieves the symptoms, and the person begins to improve within the first six to eight weeks. If improvement does not occur during that initial phase, the prescription may need changing. Phase 2 is the continuation phase. During this phase, medication is continued to prevent symptoms from recurring for sixteen to twenty weeks after the symptoms first subside. Phase 3 is the maintenance phase, and the treatment that was in place during the continuation phase is continued for as long as the doctor thinks necessary to keep the problem from recurring.

It is known that nearly two-thirds of depressed people do not get proper treatment because (a) the symptoms are not recognized as depression; (b) depressed people are seen as weak or lazy; (c) social stigma causes people to avoid needed treatment; (d) the symptoms are so disabling that the people affected cannot reach out for help; (e) many symptoms are misdiagnosed as physical symptoms; and (f) individual symptoms are treated, rather than the underlying cause. This is very unfortunate because, with proper treatments for depression, nearly 80% of those who suffer from this illness can make significant improvement in their mood, and life becomes enjoyable again.

Depression Medication

Treating depression naturally is becoming more popular as those who suffer from this sometimes debilitating illness seek to address the health of the whole body, as mind, soul, and spirit are interconnected. So little is truly known and understood about depression. Scientific research has discovered quite a bit about this illness and treatment plans have come along way in helping those who suffer with it. But, diagnosing and treating a depressed state is still somewhat guess work, as there are no clinical tests or lab reports that will yield certain results. There are also different levels of depression and different illnesses that are closely related. Prescribed depression medication has proven to be effective and may sometimes be needed in severe cases. However, patients are finding that they can address the health of their bodies and the results affect their emotions and mind, as well. As long as there are no harmful or toxic levels of any natural substance introduced, taking vitamins and herbs that are good for the body will pose no threat, except in cases where these substances do not interact well with synthetic medicines. Those wanting an alternative to prescribed medications can find more information about the herbs and natural substances that are used in helping those who are depressed online and should thoroughly research all products before changing a course of action or eliminating prescribed medications.

There are different forms of the illness known as depression and there are different causes. Milder or seasonal depressions can be the result of life circumstances such as an unhappy marriage, death of a loved one, or difficult situations as with natural disasters. Most everyone will experience a blue mood or emotional dips throughout life. While some of these emotional challenges can last longer than normal, they are rarely in need of depression medication intervention that is long term. Occasionally, a mild anti-depressant will be prescribed to help the patient get over the hump or jump start their production of the feel good hormones that everyone needs to keep a positive perspective. But, treating depression naturally when the depressed mood is more than a passing emotion can also be effective. There are vitamins and herbs that help increase the body's production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which are neurotransmitters that promote the ability to feel well. Some report that these natural substances are effective in helping shake the bad mood and get back into the swing of life. St. John's Wart and vitamin B complexes are the most used in the treatment of the depressed who are exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms.

When there is a severe depressed emotional state, or when a person struggles with a chronic feeling of helplessness and stress, he or she will need to take different measures. Treating depression naturally may not be the best option for true clinical depression. Those who are clinical will most likely have mental health issues that need to be addressed by depression medication that can help prevent life-threatening symptoms, such as thoughts of suicide or thoughts of harming oneself or another. Herbs and vitamins are not FDA approved for treating mental conditions and they have not, to this date, been reported as effective in cases where those who had severe cases experimented with natural substances. Working with a doctor to discover the right drug treatment course will be the best option for severe cases and other illnesses that closely resemble depression, such as Bi-polar disorder.

Counseling can also be an effective form of treatment. Having someone to talk to is a healthy way of releasing stress and anxieties. Also, professional counseling can equip patients with new and innovative means for coping with the factors that contribute to their emotional state. Jesus Christ is called a Mighty Counselor in the Bible. Even in Biblical times, people needed the counsel of someone who could provide a better perspective. When we go to Christ as the ultimate counselor, we will receive the perspective of eternal goodness, giving us a hope for the future. Though being depressed is associated with true physiological illnesses, having a healthy mind and spirit contribute to over-all well being. Christ's counsel will lead to a sound mind and a maturing spirit. "Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me." (Psalm 142:7)

Anyone who is exhibiting the signs of a major episode of depression should consult with a doctor immediately. No one should ever self-medicate by treating depression naturally without a doctor's consent or oversight. Symptoms that are associated with clinical or severe cases include disruptive sleep patterns, loss of appetite, a sense of hopelessness and defeat, an inability to accomplish small tasks, and an inability to concentrate. Headaches and stomach problems can also be significant signs that indicate a need for depression medication that is prescribed by a doctor.

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