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How to Choose the Right Depression Medication for You

Updated on January 24, 2013
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First and foremost, this is such a touchy subject and one I personally have been dealing with since I first new what "sadness" was. Which brings me to my first point: sadness and depression are two very different things. Everyone at some point and for some of us many points in our lives become and feel the effects of sadness. Actually during this time of the year many people experience what many refer to as the holiday "blues". If you know someone who is beyond just "sad" please don't just chalk it up to the holidays; but listen if that person is willing to talk.

To address the subject at hand the right medication is to first determine if you are depressed, and that is something that should be determined by not a quickly one-time visit to any doctor. I say this because that is how I was first diagnosed.Five questions in five minutes, and bingo this doctor (or quack) had me in and out of his office; with prescription in hand. Yes it is something I did come to terms with later on; in fact it is something I live with today. However the end result of that five minute assessment and quickie drug was that I would up taking a medication that after more than a month trial period wound up doing nothing but making me highly agitated most of the time. (lets see now... debilitating sadness or non-stop rage??). Well I won't for the sake of anyone who may have been properly diagnosed by a qualified team of professionals; mention the name of the drug. Some things work better for some than others.

It Is all About Taking Charge Of Your Own Health!!!


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Here are Some Ways To Know What Is Right!!!

1. ASK QUESTIONS

Don't be afraid to ask doctors, nurses, counselors, and pharmacists about medications.

If they don't know you should question why they are offering it to you!!!

2. Research On Your Own

Do as much reading up on any thing that you will possibly ingesting. Remember the Internet can make that search even quicker. But with the Internet always check the source!


3. Give It Time

If trying a new medication , again consult with medical professionals about how long you should try any medication to see how it will work for your particular chemical make-up.


4. Don't Just Rely On The Medication Alone

Whether you are of the theory that depression is a chemical imbalance or not; no one can deny the benefits of a healthy diet, exercise, and a strong spiritual foundation. How you choose to define any of these is relevant to you!!!


5. Talk To Others

Talking to others who are proactive about their treatment can certainly help, and you can find such people at support groups in your area.


It is most important to know that you are not alone. That you are not an oddity. That your life is not over.Most important of all is to know that you matter enough to do the work.

Here too is some more words worth reading on this subject:

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo.. what a great informative hub on medications.. I have been in the same predicament as you are talking about.. the medication turned out to make me worse than I was.. it wasn't until I started walking every day and going to the gym and watching what I eat.. and researching foods .. I finally took myself off all medications and feeling 100% better.. I am so glad to read this. I am sharing this.. I know it will help lots others

      God Bless you

      Debbie

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Laurinzo, this is excellent! You really touched on the points and meds that are important to people who are depressed. A lot of it is trial and error, so it is important to know which one your taking, the side effects, and the expected actions. Great! Voted up and Pinned and Facebooked!!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Laurinzo, this is a great message for those who are dealing with this struggle. Your down-to earth presentation works well and suggestion to read further for the more clinical info is very appropriate for such an extensive topic. Voted useful.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Deborah for your comment and intelligent insight into this issue... you are proof that we don't have to be "sufferers" of anything but everyday Survivors

      Bless you Dear Friend!!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Coming from a both medical professional, and as great a writer as you are I very much appreciate you comment thank you so much eHealer!!!

      Your article too, I must say very much inspired my writing ...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you very much janshares... I am glad that you enjoyed it, and yes I wanted very much for people to know this is as down-to-earth as it gets; real life experience

      So glad you read and commented

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great advice and great help for those who are struggling with depression. Passing this on.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Gypsy Rose... I was being as honest as I could, and please read the links because there is some good advice and knowledge in those from my fellow hubbers!!!

      God bless you my friend!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Great discussion on a common problem.. you have written so many good and pratical ideas here for coping with depression, thank you for sharing an excellent hub.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Mike, and it was definitely one that is close to my heart... and I just want to see us more empowered, and making better choices for our own care.

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