As we approach the holiday season, let the festivities begin. We begin to reflect on our accomplishments for the year, look forward to the holiday festivities with family, coworkers and friends. We also prepare for some time off from the ruckus or our work lives and try to relax. For a few of us, the holidays also bring stress and misery. They struggle in handling family situations, handling the shopping traffic and the inability to complete gift lists. So what happens? A visit to the doctor for some chemical stimulants in the form of antidepressants to ensure that the festivities can be handled in a joyous and happy manner.
For the treatment of depression in terms of managing symptoms, we need prescription drugs. Depression can be attributed to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Restoring that balance helps treat depression. There are five main types of antidepressant medications: SSRI drugs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), SNRI drugs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), NDRI drugs( norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors), tricyclic antidepressants and MAOI drugs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). The MAOIs are the least prescribed due to the serious side effects and require a strict diet.
Once you understand these types, the next question will be which is the best antidepressant? That will all depend on your symptoms, other medications being used, family history and how often you have used depression medication in the past. There is no cure for depression, just treatment using medication. The decision for treatment is between you and your doctor. As a resource there is a link below to an antidepressants list of medications including an SSRI list which are the most prescribed.
The Need For Help
Getting help when suffering from depression should never have a negative stigma attached to it. Alot of courage is needed to be willing to accept help. Thanks to scientific achievements, what once couldn’t be treated, is now understood and medications are available for treatment. We know more today about how the mind works and which chemicals are needed for normal function. Help is a just a prescription away.
Your doctor will help you determine the best option to get your life back in order. Understanding how the different prescription drugs work as well as their side effects can help guide your treatment. Just because your first choice is not effective, doesn’t mean you give up trying. Keep testing different prescription drugs until you find one that best suits your needs. There are so many choices which can be overwhelming which may lead to anxiety. Just stay calm and work with your doctor.
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