If your depression is severe, you may need a combination of treatments and cures for depression disease.
For example, you may see a therapist to learn to cope with your depression and take a prescription medication to reduce your symptoms. The medications used to cure depression disease are called antidepressants.
Your mental health professional will need to diagnose the kind of depression you have before deciding whether medication is the best choice for you.
Before choosing an antidepressant medication, it is important to ask questions about what to expect. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
Make sure you know:
– the reasons for taking the medication
– what relief you can expect
– other possible treatment
– potential side effects
How do antidepressant work? They increase the amounts of certain brain chemicals, which helps regulate your thinking, emotions, and behaviour. About half of people who use antidepressant have side effects the first few weeks of cure. These problems are usually mild and don’t last long.
Your side effects may include:
– a dry mouth
– sleep problems
– allergic reactions
The side effects will probably decrease once your body adjust to the medication, but report any reactions to your mental health professional right away, especially if they are severe. You may be tempted to skip a dose or throw out your medication if you have side effects, instead, take the medication as prescribed and keep a record of any reactions you have. Write them down in a journal or notebook that you can bring to your next appointment, then tell your mental health professional about what’s happening. Ask if it is possible to decrease the dose or take it at a different time of day to relieve the side effects.
If you have bipolar disorder you will need special medications because the illness has two phases depression and mania. Your mental health professional can help you decide which type of antidepressant might help relieve your depressive symptoms. You will also need to treat the maniac symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Lithium and valproic acid are medications that some take for bipolar disorder. If you start taking one of these medications, you will need blood tests to determine whether your dosage is too high or low. Once you find the amount that is right for you, you will need to take the medication every day in regularly spaced doses to keep a constant amount in your blood.
Medications for bipolar disorder may cause side effects, including drowsiness or nausea for the first few days. Once you adjust to your medications, you begin to feel better and your moods will even out. You shouldn’t spot taking the medication once you feel better, however. Continue taking it just as prescribed and report any side effects to your medical health professional. If you have a negative effect reaction if you drink alcohol or take any other kind of drug, including over the counter medications, so be careful. When in doubt, talk to your doctor.