Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people usually feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable. They may also experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions.
If you’re being treated for depression, taking an antidepressant may be part of your treatment plan. Antidepressants work by balancing chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. These depression drugs can help improve your mood, help you sleep better, and increase your appetite and concentration.
Whether antidepressant medication is the best treatment option depends on how severe the person’s depression is, their history of illness, their age and their personal preferences. Most people do best with a combination of medications for depression and therapy.
Specifically, antidepressants help reduce the extreme sadness and lack of interest in life that are typical in people with depression. These drugs also may be used to treat other conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual syndrome, chronic pain, and eating disorders.
Typically, antidepressants are taken for 4 to 6 months. In some cases, however, patients and their doctors may decide that antidepressants are needed for a longer time.
While many people find that antidepressants work well to help reduce the symptoms of depression, you might not feel better right away. It usually takes at least three to four weeks before you notice a change in your mood. Sometimes it can take even longer. Taking the pill every day as directed helps increase the chance that it works.
You definitely have to be a little patient for the medicine to work!
Some of the most common antidepresant drugs are: Valium, Zoloft, Celexa, Escitalopram, Zimovane, Fluox, Tomoxetin. See more...