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Antidepressants


Antidepressant Medications for Children and Adolescents: Information for Parents and Caregivers

A few words from me...

Antidepressants are taken to help your depression. If your doctor diagnosed you with depression or any other mental illness, and he tells you it needs to be treated, why wouldn't you want to help yourself? There are so many disorders and diseases that go with mental illness it may be crucial to take what your doctor recommends. The bottom line is, do you want to feel better or do you want to continue being depressed?

I have been through the trial and error process and no it isnít fun. But this happens so your doctor can provide you with the best medication to help you feel better and lead a normal life. Addicting? Yes they are so you cannot just stop taking them without your doctor's instructions. If you plan on stopping make sure your doctor helps you stop so there won't be any symptoms of withdrawal.

I personally take antidepressants and I know I need them and I except that. This does not make you weak it simply helps you. Iíve also seen many different therapists throughout my life and Iíll probably see more in the future if I feel the need. Iím an open book when it comes to my depression, but if you feel uncomfortable about yours you do not have to tell anyone.

The bottom line? Please listen to your doctor and do as he says. Even get a second or third opinion if youíd like, just know that clinical depression and all other disorders require (the majority of the time) medication.

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Benzodiazepines (and my personal story)

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Antidepressants are prescribed in most cases of clinical depression and are essential for the treatment of severe cases of depression. If you take an antidepressant medication, you may start to see some minor improvement in one to two weeks but you probably will not feel the full effects of the drug for four to six weeks.

Patients often wish for medication with absolutely no side effects. No such drugs exist for the treatment of any medical condition and definitely not for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Antidepressants don't work for everyone. For some people with mild depression, antidepressants seem to have little effect. However, for people with more severe depression, antidepressants often make a big difference.

Although antidepressants generally aren't as effective for mild depression, that doesn't mean that they never help. Depression affects each person differently, and each person responds to medications differently. Finding the right medication may take some trial and error.

If an antidepressant seems to ease your symptoms, it may be a good treatment choice for you. If you're taking an antidepressant, don't stop taking it without talking to your doctor.

For many people with mild depression, talk therapy (also called psychotherapy or psychological counseling) appears to be an effective treatment. Some people benefit from a combination of talk therapy and medications. Lifestyle changes ó such as stress reduction and regular exercise ó also can make a difference.

If you have signs and symptoms of depression, don't ignore them. Even mild depression can take a toll on your enjoyment of life, your performance at work or school, and your relationships with other people. And, left untreated, depression can get worse. Explore your treatment options with your doctor or mental health provider to figure out what's likely to work best to help you feel better again.
Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.

Precautions

When taking antidepressants, it is important to tell all doctors (and dentists) being seen-not just the one who is treating the depression-about all medications being used, including over-the-counter preparations and alcohol. Antidepressants should be taken only in the amount prescribed. When used with proper care, following doctors' instructions, antidepressants are extremely useful medications that can reverse the misery of a depression and help a person feel like himself again.

The information here should not be used as a substitute for a consultation or visit with your family physician or other health care provider.

This information on the following medications has been selectively abstracted from various sources. The intended use is as an educational aid and does not cover all possible uses, actions, precautions, side effects, or interactions of any of these medications. This information is not intended as medical advice for individual problems or for making an evaluation as to the risks and benefits of taking a particular drug. You MUST see a doctor before taking any presciption medication.

The list below is only a few of the antidepressants in the world today. For a complete list, click on the link below the list.


Adderal
Amitriptyline
Buspar
Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide)
Depakote
Effexor (venlafaxine)
Klonopin (Clonazepam)
Lithium
Luvox (fluvoxamine)
Nardil (phenelzine sulfate)
Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate)
Paxil (paroxetine)
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Remeron (mirtazapine)
Risperdal
Serzone (nefazodone)
St. John's Wort (non prescription)
Desyrel (trazodone)
Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride)
Xanax
Zoloft (sertraline)

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