- Treatment of depression - pills needed
- Treatment of severe depression
Treatment of severe depression
Fortunately, all the victims of depression manifested not all of these symptoms, but only some of them. There are mild and severe depression.
For the treatment of severe depression commonly used antidepressants, but they can help in the fight against certain types of mild depression. Antidepressants are not is a stimulant, but nevertheless, they take off or reduce the symptoms of depression and help the patient to return to normal, and normal life.
Antidepressants are also used to treat psychiatric disorders, which are based on fear and anxiety, for example, some phobias. Antidepressants relieve the symptoms of panic, including heart palpitations, a feeling of paralyzing fear, dizziness, chest pain, nausea, and respiratory disorders.
The doctor prescribes a particular antidepressant, guided by the individual symptoms of the individual patient. Results antidepressants are not immediate. In most cases, changes for the better should be expected after one - three weeks.
Some depressive symptoms disappear at an early stage; others - much later. For example, to improve mood changes occur in the body, in particular recovering energy level returns to normal power mode and sleep
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. If after five - six weeks of antidepressant there is no change, the doctor prescribes another medicine - because different people have different susceptibilities to different antidepressants.
Treatment of "seasonal" depression
If some people face depression just once in a lifetime or only after serious mental turmoil, the others have to conduct long-term debilitating struggle with depression or experience this condition frequently (eg annually).
Some people with age more and more cases of depression and increases its duration. The most effective treatment for such patients - chronic administration of antidepressants. They help reduce the frequency and severity of depression. Long-term side effects of drugs used today are unknown, so they can take what you want for a long time.
The dosage depends on the type of antidepressant drugs, the chemical characteristics of individual processes in the human body, its age and, in some cases, body weight. Usually, a small dose initially prescribed antidepressant, and then gradually increased until the desired result, of course, if there are no side effects.
A variety of antidepressants allows everyone to find a suitable remedy. Antidepressants different side effects and, to some degree, the level of efficiency. Tricyclic antidepressants (so called because of its chemical structure) often used to treat major types of depression
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Than monoamine oxidase inhibitors; However, monoamine oxidase inhibitors often help in the treatment of so-called "atypical" depression, which appear in drowsiness, increased anxiety
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, Panic attacks and phobias.
Over the past few years, a host of newer antidepressants. Some of them are called "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors" (RSSI). Today, you can buy anti-depressants such as fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine and sertraline.
Although all of the RSSI antidepressants differ in their structure, they act on the same specific neurotransmitter - serotonin.
The tricyclic antidepressant clomipramine also affects serotonin, but unlike antidepressants RSSI, it does not act selectively. This is the first drug recommended for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder
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Bupropion - another new antidepressant that is chemically unrelated to other antidepressants. It affects more norepinephrine and dopamine than the serotonin. Antidepressant does not cause weight gain or sexual dysfunction. It is contraindicated in persons with epilepsy and patients with bulimia or anorexia nervosa.