Is It Safe To Take Antidepressents

 

Thousands upon thousands of new cases of depression are being diagnoses annually with no end in sight. As this new wave of cases begins to appear large pharmaceutical companies are waiting with their hands out to cash in screaming the praises of their latest and greatest cures for depression

 

This is nothing new as pharmaceuticals are big business making billions of U.S dollars each year. Pick up any magazine or newspaper and you are likely to see some form of advertisement for how to take antidepressants. There is nothing wrong per say with these companies doing major advertising but I’d suggest you be sceptical of drugs promising to rid you of your depression symptoms overnight. Depression is an illness of the brain, a part of the human body we know very little about in reality.

 

Experts seem to agree that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain but critics of the theory point to the fact there are no known ways to test these supposed chemical levels. Really, this is an educated guess at best. There is no way of knowing for sure if they have anything to do with depression at all. Antidepressants claim to cure depression by helping to balance these out of balance chemicals but again there is no sure fire way of testing the effectiveness of antidepressants. The best methods are observation to individual patient results but when it comes to mental illness how you can truly have a control group in these study groups. There is no way of knowing if there are underlying symptoms of depression in someone and the effectiveness of antidepressants. Sometimes all that is lacking is the catalyst to bring them out. Cures for depression may one day be a reality but that day is not today.

 

Effects of Antidepressants

 

One of the possible unfortunate side affects of taking antidepressants is weight gain. Some antidepressants are more of a problem than others. Antidepressants for the first time need to keep an eye on their weight and discuss any gains with their doctor before it becomes a serious problem.

 

Many people stop taking their medication because of the weight gain. You must never just stop taking your medication without first discussing this option with your doctor. He will be able to advise you on alternatives available with lower likelihood of weight gain as a side effect.

 
 

Some of the effects of antidepressants that cause weight gain are: an increase in the desire for sugary food, an increased appetite, a change in metabolism and a change in how body fat is deposited. Sometimes one of the effects of depression is a decrease in appetite and with drug therapy and feeling better the appetite improves and weight is gained. Not to be underestimated is how depressing weight gain can be in itself.

 

Although medications have potential side effects, these side effects are usually temporary and go away within the first few weeks of therapy. If your depressive symptoms are worse than the possible side effects of the medications, you may benefit from taking medications to treat depression.

Common side effects include:
 
1.  Nausea, loss of appetite, or diarrhoea.
 
2. Anxiety or irritability.
 
3. Problems sleeping or drowsiness.
 
4. Loss of sexual desire or ability.
 
5.  Headaches or dizziness
 

Natural Antidepressants

 

Right now if you are looking to keep your depression in check I’d highly recommend alternative treatments for chemical antidepressants. Natural forms include diet, exercise, and even self help programs. Diet and exercise really go hand in hand as they are both aimed at keeping you physically healthy as well as mentally rather than antidepressants. Have you ever noticed how good you feel after a hard run or workout? Everyone has stress in their lives, some more than others. It is imperative you find a way to release this stress as bottling it up inside will only result in a meltdown know as a nervous breakdown. Just like a pressure cooker we all have our boiling points and when we are full we are full.

 

 

Any type of physical activity is a great way to blow off that steam. Eating healthy can lead to a more pleasing self image thus boosting self esteem. Low self esteem can be linked to depression thus making you go for antidepressants. Self help courses will benefit anyone even those not suffering from depression. A little positive thinking can go a long way.

 



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