Learning about Antidepressants

Antidepressant medications are designed to treat individuals with moderate to severe depression. While these drugs don't cure depression, they work to remove some of it's symptoms such as sadness, irritability, and thoughts of suicide. Thousands of people take antidepressants to help them function normally and feel more themselves.

There is controversy surrounding the idea that antidepressants are addictive. Most pharmacologists say there are no addictive substances in them while others believe they create a psychological dependence since they change brain chemistry, and people sometimes feel they can't function without them.

Antidepressants are not intended to be used long term. Using these medications over an extended period of time can cause problems including: loss of libido, inability to achieve orgasm, weight gain, migraine headaches and sleep deprivation. Some people have reported that their depression got worse after long term use.

Antidepressants — Just the Facts

There are many types of Antidepressants on the market which are commonly prescribed to relieve symptoms of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and sometimes anger. Antidepressants come with a variety of side affects and costs of these medications can vary significantly.

When Antidepressants work, they can lift the veil of depression so you feel more like yourself. You won't forget about your problems, but you can have more inner resources to deal with them productively. When antidepressants are combined with psychotherapy the results can be very positive.

Antidepressants can be dangerous and overdosing is a serious concern. Overdosing on antidepressants can occur if the dosages are not carefully adjusted when being switched from one kind to another. It's vital to use antidepressants appropriately while being monitored by a physician. Do NOT self-medicate.

When too many are consumed symptoms can include:

  • Convulsions
  • Talkativeness
  • Violent or suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Vivid dreaming
  • Mood swings
  • “Speedlike” effect
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Increased risk of suicide
  • Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Aggression
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Insomnia

If you feel you are dependent or taking too many antidepressants, consult with a doctor immediately.

What Are You Putting into Your Body?

It is good to know what you are putting into your body. Talk with a physician or therapist to determine what the long term solution is. You want to be careful when using medications that are addictive or habit forming. If you feel you may be relying on a drug too much, get immediate assistance or enroll in an online drug class today.