Friday, February 29, 2008

Antidepressant Medications For Your Depression

There are times in your life where you feel sorrow and pain,
perhaps the death of a loved one or the breaking up of a
relationship. There could also be times when you feel that life
is just a little too demanding from you, or your career is
causing too much stress for you. Whilst all this is normal,
prolonged sorrow or a stressed life can begin to interfere with
normal patterns of living and may even ultimately lead to
symptoms of depression. If you feel this describes you there's
no need to worry as there are many antidepressant medications
available today.

Over 17 million American adults experience some form of
depression so there's no need to feel as if you're alone in
suffering. As serious depression can interfere with a person's
normal lifestyle and causes problems with work, social and
family living, it should be treated as soon as possible. There
are many types of antidepressant medications that are available.
However consulting with a trained mental disorders practitioner
will reveal the best course of treatment for the sufferer.

While there are different types of antidepressant medications
available, some are more suited for various individuals than
others. The side effects of each drug and the level of
performance effectiveness can vary with each individual. The
traditional medication for depression used to be tricyclic
antidepressant medications which were named for their chemical
structure. The side effects may include blurred vision, dry
mouth, and weight gain, fatigue and weakness amongst others.
Sometimes you may even experience symptoms that are similar to
depression (examples being, fatigue and constipation).

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs were often prescribed for
"atypical" depression. "Atypical" depression may have symptoms
like oversleeping, anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias. The side
effects for MAOIs are very similar to that of other
antidepressant medications. The most common side effects are
dizziness and rapid heartbeat. If you're taking MAOIs there are
certain foods and drinks that you must avoid along with certain
over-the-counter drugs and other prescription medications.
Adverse side effects may occur as a result of incorrectly
following medical directions if you're taking the MAOI
antidepressant medications.

Newer antidepressants medications like selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs are now available for use. Some
examples of SSRIs are Prozac, Luvox, Paxil and Zoloft. Though
each of these antidepressant medications are chemically
different all of these SSRI's effectiveness is due to their
reaction on serotonin in the brain.

As with all antidepressant medication it takes time before you
will see an improvement in your outlook on life. Therefore
instead of giving up on the medication you should give it
sometime to work. After all it took some time for you to become
depressed, therefore it will take time for you to become happy
with your life again.

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