How to get out of depression: to love life again is a snap

March 13, 2011

 Depression takes away human energy and hope, the ability to enjoy life. Exit from this state is not easy, but not impossible. The most simple changes in your life can lead to a significant change for the better. With constant efforts, you can finally cope with depression.

 How to get out of depression: to love life again is a snap

Seek support

During the depressed person often wants to be alone, but here - it's one of the pitfalls of the disease. Alone people return again and again to their negative thoughts, which is why the condition may worsen. Therefore, communication for patients with depression is crucial.

  • Communicate with someone who loves you and understands. Friends and family members can provide you with invaluable help, even just listening to. Often, because of the depressed person is moving away from their loved ones, but you will see that there are people who love you no matter what, and genuinely want to help you.
  • Walk to train and continue work in public organizations, even if you do not like it anymore. It is very important that you stick in your life a certain schedule - this helps organize the chaos that is in the minds of human depression.
  • Join a support group for patients with depression. There you will be able to tell you what not to say, even the closest - and you will understand.
  • Join in any organization as a volunteer. You can see the strong people to overcome difficulties that you may seem insurmountable, and - realize that you can benefit and be for someone to do the right person.
  • Go to the movies, theater, concerts, friends gather in a cafe or at home, join a club - gardeners, fishermen, amateur astronomy, and so on.

Although a person, nothing can replace talking to people, animals can bring into your life more fun. Get a pet - just remember that it is a responsible step, and he will live with you, when the depression will pass. If you're not ready for this, feeding stray animals, help care for animals relatives or friends who live in the village. Numerous studies have shown that regular contact with animals helps to overcome depression, and people who have pets in general are less prone to depression, and cope better with stress How to beat stress? Create an oasis  How to beat stress? Create an oasis

 How to get out of depression: to love life again is a snap

Get rid of negative thinking

Allow yourself to be imperfect. Many people suffering from depression are perfectionists. They set for themselves very high standards - and that do not meet their own standards (which is almost impossible to match), begin to blame themselves for failure. If they somehow manage to get their way, they immediately set the bar even higher. Be more realistic. Everyone should at least take into account the fact that 24 hours in a day, of which 6-8 have to spend on a dream, and that there are limits and opportunities for the majority of attempts to exceed their turn serious health problems. High goals - that's fine, but your duty - to take care of themselves.

  • Do not put in the labels and do not let this one. Communicate with people thinking positively - they can learn in a relaxed attitude to failure and to enjoy life in spite of everything; Listen to lively music, easy to read literature.
  • Praise yourself. For all - for what did makeup, watered flowers, finished the project, we went to the gym. At first it will seem ridiculous and unnatural, but after a while start to get itself.

 How to get out of depression: to love life again is a snap

Take care of yourself

  • Sleep 7-8 hours a day. When a person is sleeping too much or too little, his mood changed for the worse. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time - this will allow you better rest for the night and prevent the development of sleep disorders Dreams: how to understand our dreams  Dreams: how to understand our dreams
  • Every night there in the sun. Lack of sunlight can worsen the symptoms of depression. Therefore, a daily work out at least a short walk, drink coffee on the balcony, or protein feed pigeons in the park. Even if the sky clouds, sun - right behind them.
  • Control your stress level. Identify the factors that cause you stress and a particularly strong or exclude them from your life, or to change their attitude towards them.
  • Use relaxation techniques Relaxation and stress - calm, not panic!  Relaxation and stress - calm, not panic!
 . Yoga, breathing exercises, meditation Meditation - treats the body and the spirit  Meditation - treats the body and the spirit
   They are an excellent tool against depression.

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Antidepressants and weight gain: eating and sadness - two close friends

December 2, 2010

 antidepressants weight gain
 Antidepressants - a group of medicines for the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as depression, dysthymia, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as some hormonal disorders - eg, dysmenorrhea. Antidepressants affect neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for human emotions Emotions and culture: how to decipher the emotional code  Emotions and culture: how to decipher the emotional code

In the treatment of certain diseases antidepressants combined with the use of other medications. Thus, for example, in conjunction with certain anticonvulsants or Tegretol type Depakote antidepressants are prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit disorder Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - how to help fidget?  Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - how to help fidget?
   and hyperactivity. To antidepressants acted need some time, therefore, as a rule, use of these drugs last from several months to several years.

As is the case with most other drugs, all antidepressants have side effects. At the initial stage of antidepressants in patients frequently observed fatigue, sleep problems, pain in the abdomen. When any side effects while taking antidepressants should immediately consult a doctor.

 Antidepressants and weight gain: eating and sadness - two close friends

Types of Antidepressants

Depending on the mechanism of the effect on neurotransmitter antidepressants are subdivided into several major types:

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors : This type of antidepressants prescribed to patients with an inadequate level of serotonin, a chemical compound used by the brain to send signals to the neurons. These drugs normalize serotonin levels in the brain. Among the most common antidepressants of this group include:

  • citalopram (brand name: Celexa)
  • escitalopram (brand name: Lexapro)
  • fluoxetine (brand name: Prozac)
  • paroxetine (brand name: Paxil, Pexeva)
  • sertraline (brand name: Zoloft)

Antidepressants, belonging to the group of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are characterized by having fewer side effects than other antidepressants. At the initial stage of use of these drugs may experience dry mouth, increased nervousness and irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite and sexual activity. However, the formation of these side effects habituation disappear.

Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and serotonin : A relatively new group of drugs that affect both norepinephrine and serotonin, chemicals in the brain responsible for mood and emotions. The group of these drugs include:

  • Venlafaxine (brand name: Effexor)
  • Duloxetine (brand name: Cymbalta)
  • Desvenlafaksin (trade name: Pristiq)
  • Milnacipran (trade name: Ixel)

Noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors and serotonin can cause nausea and loss of appetite, increased irritability Irritability - you try to control my temper  Irritability - you try to control my temper
   and nervousness, headache, insomnia and increased fatigue. In addition, fewer side effects of such drugs include dry mouth, constipation, weight loss, lack of sexual desire, palpitations, increased cholesterol levels.

Tricyclic antidepressants One of the oldest types of antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants block the reuptake of neurotransmitters - norepinephrine and serotonin. Today, these drugs are not practically used because they were replaced by a much more effective and safe antidepressants. The group of tricyclic antidepressants include:

  • Amitriptyline (brand name: Elavil)
  • Desipramine (trade name: Norpramin)
  • Imipramine (brand name: Tofranil)
  • Nortriptyline (brand name: Aventyl, Pamelor)

The standard side effects of tricyclic antidepressants include dry mouth, blurred vision, increased fatigue, lack of sexual desire, heart palpitations, difficulty urinating. Overdosing tricyclic antidepressants fatal, but some such drugs are still in use because of the high efficiency - e.g., in severe cases of depression.

Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, dopamine:   these drugs slow the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine, chemicals that are used to transmit neural signals. The most common antidepressant - bupropion (trade name - Wellbutrin, Zyban). Associated with use of these drugs side effects - nausea, headache, loss of appetite, insomnia, high blood pressure.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors: most rarely used class of antidepressants, prescribed only when other antidepressants are not effective. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors block the enzyme monoamine oxidase, is split into the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Such drugs include:

  • Isocarboxazid (brand name: Marplan)
  • Phenelzine (trade name: Nardil)
  • Tranylcypromine (brand name: Parnate)

Serious side effects caused by taking such medications include weakness, headache, dizziness, tremors. In combination with other classes of antidepressants and some medicines for colds and flu can cause a dangerous reaction to health. Prescribing antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitor class, the doctor usually recommends the abolition of the use of certain types of foods and drinks, in response to which the drug can enter.

 Antidepressants and weight gain: eating and sadness - two close friends

Antidepressants and weight gain

Weight gain - the most common side effect associated with the reception of certain types of depressants such as tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. However, some selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and bupropion (Wellbutrin) less likely to cause an increase in weight compared with other antidepressants.

There is no clear explanation as to why the use of antidepressants cause weight gain, there is - although it is assumed that these drugs are somehow influence the metabolism and appetite. Although weight gain - a possible side effect of antidepressants, after receiving it stops. To reduce weight gain, taking antidepressants, you must follow the standard weight loss strategies - follow a healthy diet and a regular exercise regime.

 Antidepressants and weight gain: eating and sadness - two close friends

Antidepressants and pregnancy

Although it is believed that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy is safe for health and the future mother and baby, recent studies have shown that antidepressants are a class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro) are relatively safe at reception during pregnancy.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that children whose mothers during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester, have used anti-depressants, developed pulmonary hypertension. However, such instances are rare.

Another study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that nearly a third of newborn infants whose mothers drank during pregnancy antidepressants are a class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome. Some of the symptoms of this disorder include constant crying, tremors, sleep disturbances Dreams: how to understand our dreams  Dreams: how to understand our dreams
 Problems with the gastrointestinal system, hypertonicity. Although medical intervention in such cases is not required, this syndrome nekomforten for baby and parents.

 Antidepressants and weight gain: eating and sadness - two close friends

Antidepressants and alcohol

During the reception, the majority of drugs - and especially antidepressants - you must avoid alcohol, since a combination of alcohol and antidepressants can worsen the disorder and cause health hazards response. Thus, for example, tyramine contained in beer and wine, in combination with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor class of antidepressants leads to a sharp rise in blood pressure, which in turn leads to a stroke.

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