Should Anti-Depressants Be Taken?
Anxiety and Depression Treatments
Taking anti-depressants often leaves the patient with a sense of shame. They feel they lack character or self-control and that they wouldn't need it, if only they had more will power. The need for anti-depressants are the same as any need for any other medication. If you have difficulty breathing due to asthma, you need an inhaler, insulin for diabetes, Prilosec for acid reflux, anti-depressants for a chemical imbalance in your brain. Needing an anti-depressant is the same as any other time your body is not functioning the way it needs to.
Although, it is important to understand that it is for those who truly have an imbalance in their brain chemistry. This is more than to treat the blues. This is to treat a reoccurring, chronic condition.
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Types of Depression Symptoms
Anti-depressants are not for everyone, but they truly can improve your quality of life. If you are thinking, should I go on an anti-depressant, then you should be evaluated by your doctor. Anti-depressants are not just for the depressed. Anxiety and depression are actually two very common symptoms of the same thing-- an imbalance in your brain chemicals.
Some good indicators that you need to be evaluated include:
- Severe Anxiety: It's alright to feel blue, or less than your best sometimes, but when it starts affecting your daily life, then that's when you need to seek help. Help may mean a counselor, meditation, and sometimes medication. Some ideas that might go through your mind is that everyone else seems to be happier, more prosperous, more talented, more gifted than you are. You feel like you are just not good enough. These are not normal well-balanced emotions.
- Feelings that the World Is Against You: First I would like to say, it is not. It really is not. Often those who suffer from anxiety or depression will believe irrational thinking is legit. Some common thoughts are believing that others are mad at them, even when they are not. A healthy person's opinion of someone does not change on a daily basis. Often those who suffer depression or anxiety may view that someone likes them one day then not the next. It has more to do with the viewers perception than reality. These feelings need to be evaluated by a professional.
- Deep Depression: This is probably what is thought of most when you think of anti-depressants. Depression is defined as more than a few weeks of deep sadness or feelings of hopelessness. Not every time nor everyone who experiences depression should use an anti-depressant, but if your depression is interfering with your day-to-day activities or your relationships, it has gone from a normal feeling of "the blues" to a time when you should consider counseling or even medicinal help.
- Easily Lost Temper: It is not normal to scream and lose all control of what you say or do. Yes, everyone loses their temper at times, but if it is occurring on a regular basis, you may need help in controlling your actions and words before you seriously hurt someone.
Common Anti-Depressant Medications
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Signs You May Be Taking The Wrong Anti-Depressants
Make sure to constantly monitor yourself and keep your doctor updated. If you are able to be your best self on the medicine with no weird feelings, then that is the medicine you should be on. If you are noticing that for several weeks you have been reverting back to your old behavior then you need to discuss with your doctor if you need counseling or maybe a change in your dose.
If you are feeling nothing, as in no joy, no sadness, then you are not on the right dose or possibly the right medicine. Ups and downs are normal even on medication. It's the severity of those ups and downs that need to be monitored. In other words, you need to be completely honest with yourself about the moods and the way you are handling stress. Are what you expriencing normal ups and downs or are you experiencing uncontrolled emotions?
One of the biggest mistakes people make when using an anti-depressant is deciding that they will not take any anti-depressant, because after trying one kind, they felt flat. On anti-depressants you should be able to feel joy, but more than that contentment. If you feel flat on one medication, it doesn't mean you should not take any anti-depressants for they all work differently
Other indicators you are taking the wrong medicine is if you actually feel more anxiety symptoms or even thoughts of suicide. Each medicine works in everybody's system differently. If you are experiencing more anxiety than before you started the medicine, then chances are you need to switch medications. If you experience suicidal thoughts on medication, call your doctor as soon as possible. Some medications actually cause suicidal thoughts in those with conflicting illnesses.
The true secret to finding the right medication for you, is being open and honest with your doctor. Let him know how you are feeling on your medication so that he knows if you need to be switched or changed doses.
© 2012 Angela Michelle
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