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Dealing with depression effectively

Date Added: March 11, 2010 11:52:41 AM
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Every now and again everyone feels down. Ten percent of American grownups are reported to suffer from a depressive disorder. This category of mental health problems includes major depression. Symptoms of major depression are as follows: Being uninterested in things you used to enjoy, crying without reason "no reason", feeling slowed down or feeling restless and unable to sit still, putting on or losing weight, thoughts about death or suicide; trouble making daily decisions; problems sleeping, in particular in the early morning or waiting to sleep all the time; feeling numb emotionally. Depression is thought to be connected with a chemical imbalance in the brain that makes it hard for cells to communicate with one another. Depression can be brought on by nerve-wracking situations, such as the death of someone you love, a breakup or redundancy. But it can also come out of the blue. Certain medicines, addiction to drugs and alcohol, or chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart problems, can lead to depression. Depression can be cured with medicines, or specialist type of counseling known as psychotherapy, or with both. Antidepressants are drugs used to help people who suffer from depression. Chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters are needed for normal brain work. Antidepressants help people with depression by making the chemicals more available to the brain. Commonly, antidepressants are taken at least for six to twelve months. Antidepressants can improve your mood, sleep, appetite and concentration. It may take several weeks to see the results. There are a few categories of antidepressants. You and your general practitioner may have to try a few before you find what medication works best for you. Medicines sometimes cause adverse side effects. They may range from person to person and from drug to drug. For example, when you first begin your antidepressant you may feel exhausted, have sleeping problems or have upset stomach. The side effects commonly go away after a short time. Even after 12 months of treatment, there is still about a 10% probability of depression returning when treatment is over. Some people take an antidepressant for several years.
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