How to Choose the Right Depression Medication for You
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!!!
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:
- What is Clinical Depression? Understanding Symptoms of Clinical Depression and Steps to Take
Many people think that depression is just a temporary state that people can "get over." What people need to understand is that clinical depression is a medical condition that people cannot simply decide to "snap out of." Still, taking "baby steps" to