When anybody suffers from depression then the doctor will decide which treatment option is suitable for the person looking at their age, gender and the medical history. Psychological therapy, behavioral therapy, personal counseling and the antidepressant medications are some of the popular treatment options available for treating the people suffering from depression. In many cases the personal counseling sessions prove a lot beneficial and with certain modifications in life style and the thinking procedure the person suffering from depression can get relief from depression without the need of any antidepressant medications.
But in some patients of depression there is no other option and only antidepressant medications is the treatment mode. There are several categories of antidepressants available that can be used to treat the people suffering from depression. There are several benefits of antidepressant medications and some of them are mentioned below –
Antidepressant medications give relief from the common symptoms of depression like gloominess, insomnia, unhappiness, hypersomnia, low self-confidence, cognitive difficulties, unnecessary self-reproach, etc. Antidepressant medications are also useful in treating dietary disorders, anxiety disorders, phobia, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, etc. These medications in no way mean that they will give you complete cure from depression, these medications will help to reduce the symptoms of depression and thus provide some relief. These medications will help you to reduce your anxiety and tension levels.
There are several categories of antidepressant medications and each one has their own set of side effects. It is better to take professional advice before taking any such medications on your own. There are several withdrawal symptoms associated with antidepressants. Hence it will be really useful if you know in detail about the antidepressant medications and the precautions that you should take while taking them. You will also need to take some other therapy along with taking these medications only then can you expect as complete cure form depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy is very useful, as it helps you to face the world with new confidence and helps to learn the tactics of how to deal with stressful situations.
There are several categories of antidepressant medications like TCAs, MAOIs, SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs and the combined inhibitors and receptor blockers. Out of these medications the tricyclic (TCAs) antidepressants that are the most prescribed medications. In case of phobias and panic disorders MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) are prescribed by the doctors. It is better to consult your doctor and then follow their advice, as they know the best about which category of antidepressant will work fine with you. As mentioned earlier depending upon your age, gender, weight and you medical history the doctor will decide the medications for you and will also decide the required amount of dosages for you. The doctors will also advice you to avoid certain food items so that the medications work fine without any interruptions.
There are several side effects of antidepressant medications like dryness of mouth, nausea, weight gain, nightmares, hazy sight, sleep disturbances, frequent urination, irregular bowel movements, anxiety, sex related difficulties, and abdominal pains. Hence it is good to consult your doctor in case you face any of these difficulties after taking the medications.