Depression: Are Antidepressants The Best Choice? (Part Two)
Antidepressants are the best stimulus in the process to empower depressed people to have positive thinking and raise themselves esteem, because at the beginning it is quite difficult to think about and do this. Taking anti-depressants helps a lot of people to shift their moods and then these medications give them the possibility to work on other therapies. Antidepressants work by slowing the removal of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, from the brain. These neurotransmitters are needed for normal brain function and are involved in the control of mood among other things as eating, sleep, pain, and thinking.
Antidepressants make these natural chemicals more available to the brain. These medications aid to relieve the symptoms of depression by restoring the brain's chemical balance.
Though antidepressant drugs are also used to treat other diseases, such as eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain and premenstrual syndrome, among others, these drugs are quite usefull to reduce hopelessness, extreme sadness and lack of interest in life which are typical signs of depression
Antidepressants are taken for a 4-to-6-month period, however, some patients and their doctors may decide that antidepressants are needed for a longer time.
There are many different types of antidepressants, such as the following: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and Tricyclic antidepressants (tricyclics),among others.
Antidepressant drugs can cause side effects as most of medicines. Some side effects may be inability to become aroused and difficulty achieving orgasm, but not all people get these side effects. The doctor may adjust your medication regimen in order to be able to continue taking the antidepressant needed without any side effect.